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Compass Hospitality to Manage 116 Room Beachfront Hotel & Spa in UK

Compass Hospitality has signed its latest property in the UK with the Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough. The beachfront hotel will be the 12th property to join Compass Hospitality’s growing UK collection, and will be the first to feature on-site spa facilities.

The Crown Spa Hotel continues a healthy succession of strategic portfolio development in the UK, and signifies a sustained commitment to expanding the company’s presence in the UK. In addition to the 12 properties under management in the UK, Compass Hospitality operates a reputable portfolio of both branded and white label products in Thailand and Malaysia. The company’s full set of properties under management total to 44 and is set to grow further across both regions with headquarter offices in Bangkok and Manchester.

The Crown Spa Hotel is located just metres away from South Bay Beach, offering attractive sea views to select rooms. The hotel further benefits from a combined proximity to both the beach and town centre, and is within walking distance from Scarborough Railway Station as well the popular Scarborough Harbour. Additional hotel facilities include a European restaurant, luxury leisure centre and complimentary on-site parking.

The hotel houses 116 rooms spread over 4 floors, and is contemporarily furnished throughout to a 4-star specification. Room types vary in furnishing and offer double beds ranging from king to super king sizes, twin room types as well as a small number of single rooms. Rooms are also available with four poster beds and can be booked by special request. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided throughout the hotel, including meeting and spa areas.

The Crown Spa Health Club boasts comprehensive fitness and recreational facilities, and has recently been named the UK’s 3rd best health club by the Flame Awards. The health club offers fully qualified, trained and registered fitness professionals that complement the state of the art fitness suite and studio. The health club’s facilities include a gymnasium, aerobics studio, steam and sauna rooms, a 20ft hot tub and 40ft indoor pool, beauty salon, spa and massage facilities.

As Scarborough’s only 4-star hotel, The Crown Spa Hotel is well positioned to suit a diverse set of hospitality needs. Beyond the numerous facilities and services, the hotel is well-appointed to cater for both leisure and business travellers. Meeting facilities include 7 dedicated rooms equipped for various meetings or events, and can host up to 260 delegates.

Matthew Welbourn, Executive Vice President of Operations in the UK for Compass Hospitality, said: “The Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough is a promising addition to the Compass Hospitality Group portfolio in the UK. The hotel is very popular and well located to suit a wide range of travellers, and we will continue to constantly strive at improving the overall experience for guests across the entire portfolio.”

He added: “As a group, Compass Hospitality is always in active search for the right three and four-star business and leisure properties across the UK, and we are planning several more openings in 2017 and 2018.”

Compass Hospitality’s President and CEO, Harmil Singh, said: “The UK continues to be an exciting market for Compass, and we are continuing to better grasp the different challenges facing the UK as compared to those faced back in Asia. We are constantly learning to adapt and ultimately shine in a market where we see real potential for growth. The Crown Spa Hotel is a welcome step in the right direction for us, and we are optimistic in going ahead.”

The professional team working on the acquisition has been Brodies Solicitors based in Edinburgh and accountants Edwards Veeder and the debt finance through AIB’s Birmingham Office.

UK hotels operated by Compass Hospitality are located in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Halifax, Eastbourne, Inverness, Coventry and Scarborough.

Further information on the Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough is available at

Media Contacts
Matthew Welbourn
Executive Vice President, UK Operations
[email protected]
T: +44 2073 120000
M: +44 7771 756300

Nick Greaves
Vice President Operations, Sales and Marketing UK
[email protected]
M: +44 7825277120

Compass Hospitality UK Head Office: The Victoria Hotel, Hollinwood Ave, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8DE

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Compass Hospitality Launches Citrus Brand in the United Kingdom


Compass Hospitality is proud to unveil the inaugural Citrus brand hotel in the United Kingdom with the Citrus Hotel Coventry. The hotel is the eleventh property to be managed by Compass Hospitality in the United Kingdom, and will begin official operation from 12th May 2017.

The launch of the Citrus brand in the United Kingdom commemorates the robust performance of hotels under current management since entering the UK market. “We have observed healthy performance as we continue to expand our operations into the United Kingdom, and have grown a strong base onto which we are confident to introduce our Citrus brand. The Citrus brand is well represented amongst our hotels in Asia and we are optimistic that it will be well-received in the UK as well”, said Harmil Singh, President and CEO of Compass Hospitality.

Citrus Hotel Coventry boasts a great location and is only two miles away from Coventry, a 25 minutes’ drive from Birmingham Airport and just four miles away from Coventry train station. For business travelers, the hotel is located within a short drive from Middlemarch & Westwood Business Parks as well as the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC).

The Citrus Hotel Coventry is a smoke-free property with 51 well-appointed rooms and provides complimentary wireless internet throughout the hotel. Moreover there are additional options for guests to choose from Family rooms and Accessible rooms.

The hotel is also the perfect venue for weddings & events with its large ballroom capable of hosting up to 300 pax. There are also six separate meeting rooms with complimentary access to wireless internet, projection equipment and onsite IT & AV support.  Ample car parking is also available.

The Bridge Restaurant provides a sumptuous buffet breakfast as well as a wide range of modern & traditional dishes. The spacious Lords bar & lounge features large-screen TVs for sports lovers and offers a wide range of drinks, snacks and hearty meals. With its relaxed ambience and chic leather furnishings, it is the ideal place to unwind for both business & leisure guests. Room service is also available 24 hours.

“The Citrus Hotel Coventry is an exciting takeover for us; the hotel is a popular destination for business and leisure travelers alike, and provides generous amenities for a diverse business mix, including weddings, conferences and other functions. Moreover our stamina for performance in the UK has been impressive given our bold rate of growth, and we are positive in drawing from this strength to proceed with launching the Citrus brand in the United Kingdom”, said Matthew Welbourn, Executive Vice President of Operations (UK)

Note to the Editor: Citrus Hotel Coventry is a managed by Compass Hospitality, one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies, managing and operating a wide portfolio of 43 hospitality properties across all market segments. Brand identities include Compass Hotels, Citrus Hotels, Citin Hotels and Ananda Resorts and Spas.  Compass’ portfolio includes hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin in Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Pulau Langkawi in Malaysia; and in Shrewsbury, Halifax, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Eastbourne, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Coventry, Inverness & Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Media Contacts:

Mr. Matthew Welbourn

Executive Vice President, UK Operations

[email protected]

T:   +44 2073 120000

M:  +44 7771 756300

F:   +44 2073 120022

Compass Hospitality (UK) Limited

Hollinwood Avenue

Chadderton, Oldham


United Kingdom

Mr. Siddhesh Gawde

Corporate Director Digital Marketing

[email protected]

T:   +66 2 126 8282

D:   +66 2 126 8269

M:  +66 84 424 9712

F:   +66 2 168 7669

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Compass Hospitality’s Guide to Celebrate Songkran in Thailand

As from John’s experience, we can say that Songkran can be fun filled event for all, no matter from which part of the world are you from. So here are some quick guides regarding Songkran which our guest can know, in-order to have pleasant and memorable Songkran celebration in Thailand.


What is Songkran?

Songkran is popular for being a water splashing festival throughout the country during the hottest time of the year. However, for those who are not as clued up on Thai history, Songkran is actually a celebration of Thai New Year during mid-April from 13th to 15th. Traditionally, Thai families would visit relatives to receive blessings and ask for forgiveness from their seniors. In the modern day, Songkran has become a one of the biggest water festival in the world.

What are “Dos & Don’ts” for Songkran?


  1. Put your mobile phone & wallet/purse in a water proof zip lock to avoid it from getting wet. As for water-proof zip lock, you can buy it in any convenient store.
  2. Thai culture is still bit conservative hence it is recommended to wear colorful Songkran dress rather than transparent & in-appropriate dresses.
  3. Leave behind your passport or other travel document in hotel itself and carry a copy of it or take a picture of it on phone, if, required you show it to the concerned party.
  4. Apply sun screen lotion and keep your self-hydrated as it one of the hottest period in Thailand.
  5. Lastly always be cheerful & respectful to others while deciding to play or not while not willing to play Songkran.


  1. Use of banned equipment is big no as it might get you into a trouble with law or you might end up hurting someone. Hence it best advisable to stick with water buckets or light water guns
  2. Please don’t apply powders on people forcefully as it might be considered indecent touching & some people might be allergic to it, hence its best suggested to ask people’s consent before doing so.
  3. Alcohol consumption at large amount is completely discouraged as you might end up hurting yourself or other. So, its best advisable to enjoy this festival in sober state of mind.
  4. Don’t wear a shoe or flip-flop with not so strong grip as floor gets bit slippery due to wet floors
  5. Don’t throw water on motorcyclist as it might cause an accident.
  6. Lastly, don’t be aggressive or irresponsible while playing Songkran, be it for use of water or while playing with other.

Where to go play Songkran in Bangkok?


Probably the largest and wildest crowd in Bangkok; The entire 5 km length of this street – mostly known for Patpong – is packed on two levels with thousands of young Thais carrying anything that can spray water.


RCA holds the most creative events that combine clubbing styles and water fights together. Each club brings you your favorite DJs/ singers, from both international and locals scene, to their own yards. The biggest event in RCA is called S20 Songkran festival where they have DJ line ups for 3 nights. You will feel like you are in a miniature of Ultra Music festival plus water splashing.

Hope our guide to celebrate Songkran might have been of some help to you all in-order to experience a pleasant & memorable time celebrating this awesome festival while staying with us at our compass hotels which offers you a special offers during this period for you to enjoy. Click here for more information on our exclusive summer promotion.

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Why Not Take a Spring Break in the United Kingdom?


The United Kingdom offers many attractive choices for an ideal break with your family this coming spring season. The longer days and pleasant weather make for pleasant conditions to visit the blooming countryside as well as numerous other attractions in the United Kingdom. Here are just a few of the things you can do during the spring holidays before the summer crowds arrive.

Have an Adventure and Explore the Great Outdoors

The spring season is when you can really have an outdoor escape and breathe some fresh air into your life. Breakaway from your daily routine and explore the UK by visiting its historic sites, cycling through the countryside along scenic routes, and experience the bright lights of the UK’s many cities.

Visit the Historic Attractions

There are some interesting attractions in the art and history galleries in Manchester, Oxford and Halifax that offer fascinating exhibitions. Beginning with Manchester, this bustling city offers many sites and stories to discover. Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery is a well-known destination that shows some of the most internationally renowned collections of modern art. The gallery contains 55,000 pieces of artwork, including paintings, textiles, watercolors, prints, drawings and sculptures. Moreover, the gallery also received the ‘Gold Winner Award’ from Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016.


Oxford is a world-famous city reputed for its academics, history and architecture. Oxford is full of picturesque and historic buildings that make it a favorite location for the film industry. There are various TV serials and films that have shot some of their scenes in Oxford such as Christ Church, the Bodleian Library and New College, which was featured in the Harry Potter film series.


Halifax is Calderdale’s largest town, with stunning Victorian architecture and a strong industrial heritage. It is home to the unique Piece Hall, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, and the Halifax Minster.


Outdoor Activities

As springtime approaches the seaside destinations in the UK become a prime destination for tourists who enjoy walking along white-sandy beaches, the warm weather and cycling along scenic outdoor trails. Eastbourne lies along the southern coast of the United Kingdom and offers itself as a well-known destination for coastal and beachside attractions. In addition, there are many opportunities to experience contemporary artwork at three leading coastal galleries, all linked by a scenic cycling route though Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.


Inverness >> ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS IN SCOTLAND with thrilling watersports, scenic walking trails, adrenaline-pumping cycling routes and several new extreme sports, your daily dose of exercise is much more likely to be an Instagram-worthy feat than a tiresome chore.


Shrewsbury >> Come and enjoy everything that Shropshire’s Great Outdoors has to offer. Discover the fantastic countryside, exceptional views and wonderful wildlife. Explore our Country Parks, heritage sites and play areas or get active on over 5,500 km’s of Public Rights of Way.


Experience some of the United Kingdom’s Famous City Centres

If perhaps you aren’t looking for countryside or beach destinations then there are still many opportunities to experience the rich and diverse cultures on offer across the United Kingdom’s many city centres. Cities such as Cardiff, Cheltenham, Nottingham and Leeds provide for some great options for such a destination.

Cardiff shopping centre is a well-known shopping centre and it was recently named the 6th best shopping destination in the United Kingdom. Cardiff shopping centre has a combination of designer brands, high street brands, as well as more independent and boutique shops. There are also plenty of cafés, restaurants and bars to stop and relax in.


Cheltenham represents the cultural centre of the United Kingdom’s famous Cotswolds region. Cheltenham offers a variety of quality restaurants and entertainment venues within this elegant town, where many of the architectural and heritage features can still be seen today while still maintaining much of its original culture. Such annual events as the Cheltenham Racecourse ignite a unique buzz in the city, while local venues such as the Brennen and Brown Gin Distillery as well as the many theatres provide for activities to suit every generation.


Nottingham has plenty of things on offer to do any time of the year. Venture out to the great outdoors and discover a fascinating network of caves or the enchanting Sherwood Forest. Nottingham also has a rich history and culture, from Robin Hood and Nottingham Castle to literary heroes such as and DH Lawrence. You may also wish to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Robin Hood and experience the Robin Hood Beer and Cider festival or wonder at the iconic Nottingham Castle. Nottingham is also a great place for a weekend escape to the glorious gardens in the former home of Lord Byron at Newstead Abbey or, if you feel brave enough, you could even join in one of the weekly ghost tours and uncover Nottingham’s mysterious past which make it one of the UK’s most haunted cities.


Leeds >>> Within in the compact city centre, it is just a short walk between designer stores, high street brands, market stalls and independent boutiques, many of which are house within breathtaking Victorian and Edwardian buildings.


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