Minor Hotel Group (MHG), operator of over 100
hotels, resorts and serviced suites in 14 countries across Asia
Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has added
three properties in Mozambique to its portfolio and a 25% equity
investment in the properties.
They will be reflagged to MHG’s Anantara
and Avani brands later this year and take the total number of MHG
properties in operation to 108 and the total number of rooms to
This investment is part of MHG’s strategy to
expand its footprint globally and increase the group’s presence in
Mozambique, which represents a continued investment in the long term strategic partnership agreement MHG has with Dubai-based Rani
Investment LLC. The two organisations formed a joint venture
company in August 2013 for the ownership of Indigo Bay Resort &
Spa in Mozambique, which was re-branded to Anantara Bazaruto
Island Resort & Spa in November.
The three properties are
located on the northern coastline of Mozambique, operating as part
of the Rani Resorts portfolio. On the mainland, the 185-key Pemba
Beach Hotel & Spa will be rebranded to Avani Pemba Beach Hotel &
Spa. Located in the Quirimbas Archipelago, the exclusive boutique
island properties – Medjumbe Private Island with 13 chalets and Matemo Island, currently with 24 villas – will both be rebranded
to Anantara. Matemo Island is currently closed for an extensive
renovation and the addition of more keys.
All three properties
will be rebranded by the end of 2014.
partnership with Rani Investment LLC continues to explore
opportunities in Mozambique’s 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 the luxury Anantara brand, the upscale AVANI brand and
the serviced apartment Oaks brand which is currently expanding
into Asia and the Middle East.
Rani Investment is the
investment arm of Aujan Group Holding with more than US$300
million of dedicated investments in the Middle East and Africa.
Rani Investment is the largest private hospitality owner-operator
in Mozambique, having first established its presence in 1999 under
the Rani Resorts name.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel
Group, said, “This latest investment in three hotels in
Mozambique demonstrates Minor Hotel Group’s commitment to the
country’s growing tourism sector and more widely to the overall
African tourism market. We are actively exploring other
opportunities to expand our footprint in Africa through the
expansion of all our brands and are very excited about these
latest additions to our portfolio in Mozambique.”
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