New General Manager of Villa Maly and Kamu Lodge in Laos

Villa Maly in Laos and its upstream sister property, Kamu Lodge Experience, announced last week the appointment of Axel de Boynes as the new general manager of both properties

New General Manager of Villa Maly and Kamu Lodge in LaosBoynes has more than 16 years of hospitality experience with luxury properties in Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Since arriving in Laos early in 2012 as operations manager for Apple Tree Group — which owns the properties — Boynes has leveraged his considerable expertise toward raising the profile of the group’s Laotian properties among travellers and within the industry.

The anchoring villa at Villa Maly was built in 1938 by Khamtan Ounkham, a grandson of King Kham Souk Zakarine, and the first of his seven wives, Queen Pheng. The property was restored and re-opened as a 33-room heritage hotel by Apple Tree Group in 2007.

Kamu Lodge Experience is a 20-room eco-resort located 35 kilometres upstream from Luang Prabang. Each lodge is a hybrid affair, part-safari tent and part-thatched sala. Solar panels power lights and fans, and heat water for hot showers. The lodge celebrates an earthy, authentic experience reminiscent of the Laos that greeted famed explorer Henri Mouhot when he traveled through the region in the 1860s.