What started with joining the company as its first employee 15 years ago, has today earned Deepak Ohri the recognition as the visionary CEO behind the lebua brand
Central to Deepak Ohri’s success is his unique vision of hospitality. Ohri believes that the focus of hospitality should be on creating lasting emotional connections for guests, something that has not only informed his vision for lebua but has now become an industry wide trend. What Ohri saw in his previous tenures at companies including Kempinski Hotels and the Taj Hotels and Resorts was simply that guests were craving something more. It became clear that the luxury hotel experience was really not that different from hotel to hotel. Each hotel offered to some degree the same things – excellent service and luxury amenities and accommodations but nothing went above and beyond. When taking the helm of lebua, Deepak Ohri knew he could do more.
lebua has now come to be at the forefront of industry trends particularly when it comes to experiential luxury and creating hotels that serve as destinations in their own right. Under Deepak Ohri, lebua quickly became a trendsetting international luxury brand. Often credited with kicking off the rooftop dining craze, lebua Bangkok is also known for being the setting of the Hangover II movie, which earned its Sky Bar and Sirocco restaurant international recognition. Today, lebua operates a distinctive family of hotels, restaurants and bars, including Bangkok’s best performing luxury hotel, the Tower Club at lebua and luxury resorts in Lucknow, India and Rotorua, New Zealand, as well as an upcoming resort at Jim Corbett National Park in India. The Dome at lebua, the brand’s signature collection of restaurants and rooftop bars, which includes Sirocco and Sky Bar, has also received international acclaim. Perched among the clouds and boasting breathtaking city and river views, The Dome’s dazzling collection of bars and restaurants includes lebua’s flagship and now two Michelin-starred restaurant, Mezzaluna, as well as the recently launched Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar. Alfresco 64 is part of an ongoing partnership with Pernod Ricard which also brought about Flute – A Perrier-Jouët Bar, the highest open-air champagne bar in the world. As part of his vision for lebua, Ohri has continually placed lebua ahead of industry, first with his approach to luxury, then with the rooftop bars and restaurants trend and now building destination hotels and blending eco-tourism with lebua’s signature luxury experience.
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