Our Hotel Division continued to grow steadily in 2018 through acquisitions, openings and upgrades of its existing properties.
One of the latest additions to our portfolio of hotels and resorts is Castello del Nero, a 50-key five star hotel in Tuscany, Italy. Nestled within the landscapes of olive groves and vineyards, this 12th century castle leaves memorable impressions for discerning guests. The luxury hotel features a unique spa experience where therapeutic sessions are crafted for relaxation with ingredients from their very own estate, such as virgin olive oil and lavender, while surrounded by scenic beauty. In recognition of the hotel’s excellent service and green initiatives, Castello del Nero won the TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Adding on to this accolade, it was included in American Express’ Fine Hotels and Resorts in 2018. The luxurious hotel also hosts a Michelin star restaurant, La Torre, where guests’ palettes are pampered with unique gourmet cuisines.
The recently opened Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island has garnered much attention and received many positive reviews. Being the only resort on a captivating coral island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island allows guests to dive into tranquillity and truly relax with nature. To provide a holistic experience and ensure guests have an enjoyable stay, the resort provides a full spectrum of activities including educational snorkel tours, diving with the blue safari team and beachside yoga classes. In less than a year of operations, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island has been named second ‘Best Resort in the Indian Ocean’ and the top rated Seychelles resort in the 2018 Gallivanter’s Awards for Excellence, by luxury travel advisory Gallivanter’s Guide.
Located on a cliffside of the largest city in South Africa, Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg, welcomes guests to a resort-styled retreat that offers a panoramic view over a canopy of Jacaranda trees in the northern suburb of Sandton. Well known for its attentive yet discrete services, the hotel has earned a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor and a nomination as Africa’s Leading Hotel 2018. In the Andaman Sea, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi presents a tranquil and luxurious retreat for the discerning traveller and nature lover. The luxury resort is adjacent to the UNESCO Geopark, a geological and ecological wonderland of 550-million-yearold rock formations, precipitous rainforest and deserted islands. It is just minutes by boat from the world renowned mangroves of the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi combines artful design and all-pervading serenity with a wonderful connection with nature where the dense rainforest meets pristine beaches in this nature lover’s dream. The resort was named 7th in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels – Malaysia in TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award 2018.
In Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi maintained its position as one of the leading luxury eco-resorts in the world by being ranked 5th in the Top 10 World’s Best Hotels in the TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award 2018. Situated on a private island in the North Male Atoll, the luxurious resort takes pride in striking an ecological balance to preserve the environment. While guests indulge themselves in the beautiful sceneries and magnificent marine life, the resort is committed to ensuring that the ecosystem is protected, thus earning them an EarthCheck Silver Certificate.
Following the achievements of Gili Lankanfushi, Six Senses Laamu also won a number of accolades such as being ranked 10th in the Top 10 Hotels in the Maldives in the TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award 2018 and 2018 Winner of Green Hotelier’s Community Award. Such recognition is only given to hotels that play a vital role in providing support to the local community in sustaining the environment. These thoughtful efforts allow guests to appreciate and experience the natural scenery of Laamu Atoll with minimum impact to the environment. The three Four Seasons resorts in the Maldives have also done well in 2018. Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll, provides a perfect getaway with complete privacy and allows our guests to enjoy the natural wilderness with white beaches and crystal-clear water. Thus, crowning the award by World Travel Awards of Maldives’ Leading Honeymoon Resort in 2018. On the other hand, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and Kuda Huraa are well set for a prestigious land and sea experience for their guests with activities such as the Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat. Both resorts were duly recognised by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2019 with Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru winning 7th place in the Top 10 Hotels – Maldives and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa winning the 9th place in the Top 10 Hotels for Service – Maldives. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London is located in Ealing, West London with convenient transport links to Central London and Wembley Stadium. Guests’ palettes are pampered with the hotel’s 24-hour room service and the W5 Grill and Bar, where they can enjoy a selection of grilled specialties and fine wines. The hotel won the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2018.
Strategically situated in Singapore’s prime location, Orchard Road, Hilton Hotel Singapore, Concorde Hotel Singapore and Four Seasons Hotel Singapore continue to hold its position as premier hotels in prime locations within the Orchard Road belt. Four Seasons Hotel has recently completed a major renovation of their guest rooms so as to deliver a better and more memorable experience for all guests. Testament to this, Four Seasons Hotel won the World Travel Awards with the Leading Hotel Suite in 2018.
The Hotel Division is looking forward to making continued strong contributions to the Group in 2019.