Minor Hotel Group (MHG), a Thailand-based hotel
owner, operator and investor, has formed a joint venture company
with Rani Investment LLC, for ownership of Indigo Bay Resort & Spa in Mozambique.
Located on Bazaruto Island, 30km off the east
coast of the country, Indigo Bay is a 5-star 44-villa resort, and
will be rebranded as Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa
later this year. The hotel will be managed by Minor Hotel Group.
addition to MHG’s portfolio takes the number of properties in
operation to 94 and adds a new country of operation, taking the
total to thirteen.
The new strategic partnership will
explore more opportunities in Mozambique, including in the capital
Maputo, and in the vibrant East Africa market to further
strengthen MHG’s presence on the continent. These properties will
be a mix of new-build and rebrand and will be flagged with MHG’s
international hotel brands, including Anantara, the recently
launched contemporary upscale brand Avani and the serviced
apartment Oaks brand which is currently expanding into Asia and
the Middle East.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotel
Group, said, “We are excited to be partnering with Rani
Investment and are looking forward to working closely with them to
grow our portfolio in Africa, specifically in Mozambique to begin
with. We are already present in Tanzania and Kenya through our
partnership with Elewana Collection and we are keen to expand further into other parts of this vast continent where there is so
much untapped opportunity.”
Dubai-based Rani Investment is the
investment arm of Aujan Group Holding, the company has more than US$300
million of dedicated investments in the Middle East and Africa.
Rani Investment is one of the largest private hospitality owner-operators
in Mozambique, having first established its presence in 1999 under
the Rani Resorts name.
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