Hotels in Malaysia and South-East Asia continue to expand despite pandemic

Despite the pandemic and economic downturn in the global tourism industry, major hotel chains continue to expand their brands, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.

This includes Malaysia, where several new hotels have opened for business, or are currently under development.

The Four Points by Sheraton Desaru in Johor, for example, opened on November 18, less than two weeks before the vaccinated Travel Lane agreement between Malaysia and Singapore (November 29) opens.

The property is part of the Marriott International Group, which includes the largest group of hotels and resorts in Malaysia. Meanwhile, Desaru is quickly regaining popularity among Malaysians as the best vacation spot. This is likely due to the heavy presence on social media of some of the luxury resorts located in the Desaru coast, such as One&Only Desaru Coast, Hard Rock Hotel, and Anantara Resort & Villas.

The area was promoted as a premium tourist destination in 2018, although most hotels and resorts were only fully operational in 2019 and 2020.

Another highly anticipated luxury development is Alila Dalit Bay Sabah, an “eco-luxury resort” in the state’s coastal Tuaran district, about 35 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu. Described as a sustainable beachfront property, it will feature 152 hotel rooms and other amenities, as well as an outdoor wedding chapel, located on 6.9 hectares of land.

Separate from this section are 74 private property villas that are “located within a secluded 5 hectare estate”. The starting price for each villa is currently $800,000 (MYR 3.36 million).

According to the official website, the resort – which is part of Hyatt Hotels Corporation – is slated to open in 2021, although judging by photos and “comments” from locals on Google, the building wasn’t ready until early November.

For the Hilton Hotels & Resorts group, its expansion into Malaysia comes in the form of three DoubleTree hotels – in Putrajaya, Selangor and Perak – as well as one hotel in its upscale group, Conrad.

Last month, DoubleTree by Hilton Putrajaya Lakeside opened its doors for business. Another hotel is scheduled to open next year as part of the mixed-use i-City project in Shah Alam, equipped for MICE tourism.

The third new DoubleTree Hotel will open in Damai Laut, Perak in 2023 and promises beautiful views of the Straits of Malacca. The brand is also expanding in other Asian countries, namely Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Conrad Kuala Lumpur is set to open next year.

Other upcoming hotels and resorts in the country include Kempinski Kuala Lumpur (the group’s first property in Malaysia), Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Kimpton Hotel (Kuala Lumpur) and Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu, which will be one of only nine other hotels in this range. the scientist.

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