Hotels in Malaysia and Southeast Asia continue to expand despite pandemic
Despite the pandemic and the economic downturn in the global tourism industry, major hotel chains continue to develop their brands, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
This includes Malaysia, where several new hotel properties have opened or are currently in development.
Four Points by Sheraton Desaru in Johor, for example, opened on November 18, less than two weeks before the Malaysia-Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane deal began (November 29).
The property is part of the Marriott International group, which has one of the largest collections of hotels and resorts in Malaysia. Desaru, meanwhile, is quickly regaining its popularity among Malaysians as a premier vacation spot. This is likely due to the strong social media presence of some of the luxury resorts tucked away on the Desaru Coast, like The One & Only Desaru Coast, Hard Rock Hotel, and Anantara Resort & Villas.
The region was promoted as a premium tourist destination in 2018, although most hotels and resorts were not fully operational until 2019 and 2020.
Another highly anticipated luxury development is Alila Dalit Bay Sabah, an “eco-friendly luxury resort” in the coastal district of Tuaran State, approximately 35 km from Kota Kinabalu. Described as a sustainable beachfront property, it will include 152 hotel rooms and other amenities, as well as an open-air wedding chapel, set on 6.9 ha of land.
Separated from this section are 74 privately owned villas which are “situated in a secluded 5 ha estate”. The starting price for each villa is currently $ 800,000 (RM 3.36 million).
According to the official website, the resort – which is part of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation – is slated to open in 2021, but judging by photos and “reviews” of locals on Google, the building was still not ready to start. November.
For the Hilton Hotels & Resorts group, its expansion in Malaysia translates into three DoubleTree hotels – in Putrajaya, Selangor and Perak – as well as one establishment of its high-end range, Conrad.
Last month DoubleTree by Hilton Putrajaya Lakeside opened. Another hotel is slated to open next year as part of the i-City mixed development in Shah Alam, and is ready for MICE tourism (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions).
The third new DoubleTree property will open in Damai Laut, Perak in 2023, and it promises to have a beautiful view of the Strait of Malacca. The brand is also expanding in other Asian countries, namely Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Conrad Kuala Lumpur, meanwhile, is slated to open next year.
Other upcoming hotels and resorts in the country include the Kempinski Kuala Lumpur (the group’s first property in Malaysia), Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Kimpton Hotel (KL) and Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu, which will be the one of nine other hotels in this range around the world.