Our Hotel Division grew steadily in 2019 through acquisitions, openings and upgrades of its existing properties.
The division acquired the 198-key 5-star resort – Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, situated at Weligama, Sri Lanka. The luxury hotel is centrally located near top tourist destinations of Mirissa Beach, Galle Fort, Jungle Beach and Yala National Park and boasts spectacular views of the Weligama bay. Discerning guests can choose to explore the lush and pristine greenery that nature has to offer or retreat to spacious hotel rooms and suites that feature indulgent bedding, marble bathrooms with oversized soaking tubs and private balconies.
Over in the Maldives, the division’s newly constructed InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort commenced operations in September 2019. It is located close to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Baa Atoll and accordingly it is enviably positioned for experiencing the area’s rich marine diversity. With soft white sands and palm tree peppered terraces, discerning guests will be mesmerised by its natural beauty.
As the first and only all-Club InterContinental resort, every discerning guest will also enjoy personalised services from their butlers from the pre-arrival experience to a warm island welcome, complimentary food and beverages, curated throughout the island for their enjoyment. On December 1, 2019, the Maldives’ much-loved and newly renovated, eco-resort Gili Lankanfushi welcomed back its eco-conscious guests with a new interiors to guests villas and a completely revised wellness programmes to further enrich the guest experience.
The 45 refurbished villas feature open-air living spaces, roof terraces and private decks with direct access to the lagoon below, as well as the addition of new private pools to the enhanced Residence and Villa suites for ultimate seclusion. The newly added Family Villas with Pools feature two en-suite bedrooms, a private swimming pool for children, a rooftop terrace to dine and play, as well as a living room situated over the lagoon. The vast 1,700m2 Private Reserve is the largest overwater villa in the Maldives. It is situated just 500m from the main island and offers four vast bedrooms in addition to a private open-air cinema, spa, gym, infinity pool and a two-storey waterslide directly into the lagoon.
Gili Lankanfushi was previously voted ‘Best Hotel in the World’ by TripAdvisor for its uniquely laidback experience and impeccable service.
Six Senses Laamu won several accolades such as ‘Leading Eco Resort’ at the Maldives Travel Awards, ‘Reader’s Choice Awards, Favourite Spa Retreat’ by Condé Nast Traveller, Middle East, Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia – ‘Spa Awards, Best Personalised Wellness Program’ and ‘Best for Wildlife & Nature Conservation’ at the prestigious World Tourism Market World Responsible Tourism Awards 2019 which is testament to Six Senses Laamu’s philosophy of barefoot luxury with a commitment to conservation, environmental responsibility and local culture.
As the only resort in the southern Maldives’ Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu recognises its responsibility towards the local population and ecosystem. Six Senses Laamu’s sustainability strategy of ‘Local Sensitivity, Global Sensibility’, includes initiatives around energy saving, seagrass conservation, waste reduction, reef protection, and wildlife conservation.
The division’s Four Seasons resorts in the Maldives have also done well in 2019. Both Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa defended their prestigious titles of ‘Maldives’ Leading Honeymoon Resort in 2019’ and ‘Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort in 2019’ at the World Travel Awards 2019.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is a beautiful island with traditional Maldivian charm. Guests can indulge in ‘Healing Waters’ treatments at The Island Spa, indulge in water sport activities around the island or simply explore local pristine islands, coral reefs and the hatchling rehabilitation project for baby sea turtles.
Further north, nestled within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere is TripAdvisor 2019 Travellers’ Choice ‘Top 10 Hotels – Maldives’ winner Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Presented as an unspoiled paradise hideaway where luxurious seclusion meets wild natural beauty, this verdant coral island offers a sophisticated experience for the well travelled guests.
The ultra-luxurious Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll is a private island paradise set on a five acre remote island. The seven bedroom island has a dedicated island team of 25 staff to meet one’s every need. Its private luxury yacht, Voavah Summer is at the disposal of guests for island hopping to diving and fishing in the nearby marine rich waters of the Baa Atoll.
In the Seychelles, its sister resort, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island also won a list of awards including ‘Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces’ at the AHEAD MEA Awards 2019, ‘Best Beach Hotel 2019’ and ‘Best Restaurant – Africa and Gulf States for ‘The Lighthouse’ at the International Hotel & Property Awards 2019.
Being the only resort on a captivating coral island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, guests at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island enjoy a full spectrum of activities including educational snorkel tours, diving with the blue safari team, beachside yoga classes and even interact and learn more about the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, a native species that is vulnerable to extinction at the resort’s Tortoise Sanctuary.
Over in Vietnam’s culturally rich central coast, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, is idyllically located close to three extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites of Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary and Hue Monuments. Guests can enjoy a breezy respite on the country’s most celebrated beach. Well-heeled guests can kayak, explore the glory of imperial Hue or simply savour quiet moments in their own tranquil villa.
Hidden among the rolling hills of Tuscany lies the 50-key five-star resort COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany. At the heart of this historic 740-acre estate is a 12th century castle layered with Renaissance frescoes and contemporary design, with interiors designed by Paola Navone. The resort offers Michelin-starred dining experiences with estate-to-table Tuscan produce such as virgin olive oil and lavender, as well as wellness therapies crafted by the COMO Shambhala Retreat.
The divisions’ other COMO property is COMO Point Yamu, Phuket. It is a resort located at the tip of Cape Yamu overlooking the Andaman Sea with the dramatic limestones of Phang Nga Bay in a distance. Designed by the well renowned Paola Navone, the luxury resort offers an expression of contemporary Thai luxury, alongside a COMO Shambhala wellness retreat and two world-class restaurants.
Today, the division has interests in 36 hotels under prestigious hospitality brands such as Four Seasons, Hilton International, COMO Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group and Six Senses Hotels. In addition, the Group also manages its own portfolio of hotels under well-established brands such as Hard Rock Hotels and Concorde Hotels & Resorts.