'My Resorts Are Not Otherworldly'

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Zecha, at the Amanpuri, stepped aside while shareholders battled.

Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2001 Adrian Zecha's name is inextricably linked with Amanresorts, the luxury chain he founded more than a decade ago. Amid a nasty shareholder dispute two years ago, Zecha stepped aside, giving up his roles as chairman and CEO. Last October, the dispute was settled and he returned to the helm. Zecha, needless to say, is glad to be back. He spoke to Wendy Kan late last year, and again last week at the birthplace of Amanresorts, in Phuket. Edited excerpts:

How did you feel about stepping...