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GHM Expanding with Nine Properties Under Development

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Tuesday, 21 July 2009

GHM (General Hotels Management) is on a rapid expansion course with no less than nine new properties under development throughout the world.

Founded in 1992 by Amanresorts creator Adrian Zecha and Hans Jenni, the current GHM portfolio of 14 properties in nine countries will expand to 23, with new openings in the pipeline in Mexico, Oman, Greece, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Dubai, China and Bali over the next three years.

Commenting on the expansion, GHMs Director and President, Hans Jenni said, We choose only to get involved with properties where the owners truly share our vision and are willing to make the necessary commitment to work with us and create a stunning property that is the best of its kind in the destination it serves.

Each GHM property has its own identity and unique elements, though all share the companys core values of excellence in design, a strong sense of place evident in the design details, and high standards of personalised service which create memorable experiences.

The new projects from GHM across the globe include:

The Yamu, Phuket, Thailand, a Philippe Starck design, is a 32-acre resort and villa development located on a private peninsula on Phukets scenic east coast, approximately 25 minutes from Phuket International Airport. At 40 metres above sea level, The Yamu captures both sunrise and sunset vistas whilst offering sweeping 360 degree views of the spectacular limestone formations of Phang Nga Bay and the surrounding islands and headlands of Phuket Island.

The Nizuc, Riviera Maya, Mexico is located on Mexicos Riviera Maya, at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Nizuc was once Mexicos Presidential retreat and one of the governments favoured locations when entertaining foreign dignitaries. With 28 private Caribbean beachfront acres, The Nizuc residences and resort will offer a retreat inspired by the Mayan culture and infused with elements of Asia, and created by some of the worlds premier artisans synonymous with the GHM style.

The Malkai, Barka, Oman is located about 50 kilometres from Muscat in Omans Al Batinah region close to the town of Barka, The Malkai, Barka, Oman will offer 40 suites each with their own private swimming pool. The resort is just three kilometres from the Indian Ocean and will have its own private beach club.

A haven in which to relax and indulge, guests will be able to unwind or play a round of golf at the first course in Oman designed by renowned golf course architects Gary Player Design - or enjoy an adrenalin fuelled 4x4 ride across the dunes.

The Artai, Dubai is designed by legendary architects Denniston, who are also behind several of the GHM and Aman properties, The Artai will be located on Sheikh Zayed Road next to the Emirates Towers, one of the most prominent addresses in Dubai.

Adjoining the Dubai World Trade Centre, another important landmark, The Artai Hotel Tower will comprise 150 one and two-bedroom hotel apartments, while The Artai Apartment Tower will feature 250 luxury one and two-bedroom serviced apartments and four restaurants, plus spa and health club.

The Chedi, Kilada Hills, Greece will comprise a GHM-operated Chedi luxury hotel, 45 Chedi signature villas and more than 250 residential units as well as a beach club, all set within an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Other resort facilities will include an equestrian centre, winery, olive oil processing facility and a small retail complex.

The Chedi, Thracian Cliffs, Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria aims to set new standards of service and design in this fast emerging leisure travel destination. Comprising 60 suites and with a full range of guest services and amenities.

The Chedi, Andermatt, Switzerland is set amid the picture postcard surroundings of the Swiss Alps, The Chedi Andermatt is conveniently located in this small skiing town at the crossroads of Switzerland. Also designed by Denniston, The Chedi Andermatt will comprise 131 hotel rooms, pied-a-terres and penthouses, as well as 94 private residences including apartments and lofts. Also planned are an aprs ski bar, restaurant, bar & lounge with wine and cigar rooms, boardroom, spa, gym and pool.

The Chedi, Taiping Lake, Anhui Province, China is located near Mt. Huangshan in Anhui Province, The Chedi at Taiping Lake will offer 30 spacious villas and a further 90 rooms and suites, complemented by guest amenities which will include a traditional hot spring spa, health club, golf course and restaurants.

The Serai Club, Bali is located in an exclusive estate in Jimbaran, Bali. It combines the signature touch of several noted international designers including architect, Robert Nation, interior designer Jaya Ibrahim, landscape architect Karl Princic and lighting designer Nathan Thompson of TFB Australia.

Twenty three private villas featuring Balinese-inspired contemporary designs, will represent the pinnacle of tropical luxury, privacy and security. The Serai Club will also offer personalized house services, dining venues, spa services and easy proximity to cultural attractions.

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