InterContinental Hotels Group has signed an
agreement with Leisure Holidays Private Limited (LHPL), a Hotel
Properties Limited (HPL) Group company, to takeover on 1 November
2009 and rebrand the Kandooma Maldives as the Holiday Inn Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma is the first Holiday
Inn Resort in the Republic of Maldives, and will be the second
Holiday Inn property in the Republic following the opening of the
Holiday Inn Malé last month.
LHPL, the owning company of Kandooma Maldives, is a
subsidiary of HPL. HPL is listed on Singapore Exchange Limited
(SGX), and its principal businesses include hotel ownership and
management, property development and investments.
“This partnership gives us the opportunity to begin a relationship
with IHG. We are confident of the strength of the new Holiday Inn
brand, and believe the new Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma will
provide a unique guest experience in this segment of the Maldives
market,” said Stephen Lau, Chairman of HPL Hotels & Resorts Pte
Ltd and Executive Director of HPL.
resort is built on Kandooma Island in the South Malé Atoll, which
lies 35 km south of Malé International Airport, via a forty minute
Kandooma Island close to many excellent
dive sites. The Kandooma Channel, Kandooma Caves and Kandooma ‘Thila’
(an undersea mount) dive sites all contribute to making the island
one of the Republic’s most sought after destinations for divers.
The Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma will feature villas
with great sea or garden views and extensive food & beverage
options. This includes a specialty restaurant with
Mediterranean-Thai cuisine, a well stocked wine room, and a
rooftop lounge serving tapas.
recreational facilities at the resort include the Dive Centre,
Kandooma Kids’ Club, full spa services at the COMO Shambala Spa
and 3 radio channels with resident radio DJs. Guests can also
enjoy activities such as dolphin watching, windsurfing,
snorkelling, guided kayak safaris, and underwater hockey.
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