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Wed, 14 October 2015

MHG to Open Anantara Resort in Malaysia

Thailands Minor Hotel Group (MHG) and Malaysian partner, Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd. (TAR&H), a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, are to develop an Anantara resort in south-east Malaysia.

MHGs shareholding of the 242 million MYR (US$ 58 million) project is 60%, with TAR&H holding 40%.

Dillip Rajakarier, Group COO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotel Group, said, The development of Anantara Desaru Resort & Villas, in partnership with TAR&H, represents MHGs first investment in Malaysia and we are confident that the new property will showcase the best that Anantara and Malaysia have to offer.

Scheduled to open in 2018, the new-build Anantara Desaru Resort & Villas will be located in the heart of the new beachfront development in Desaru Coast and will have 123 keys comprising an 103-room resort with deluxe guest rooms and villas and 20 three and four-bedroom Villas.

Facilities in the resort will include restaurants and bars, two swimming pools, a lounge and observation bar, kids and teens clubs, meeting rooms, a gym and an Anantara Spa. Watersports will also be available.

Desaru Coast is a resort area located at Malaysias south-eastern tip in Johor Bahru and spans over 3,900 acres along a pristine 17 kilometre beachfront facing the South China Sea. It is in close proximity to Iskandar Malaysia and is easily accessible, 45-minutes from Senai International Airport and a two-hour drive from Singapore. Additionally visitors from Singapore can travel to Desaru Coast by ferry followed by a short drive.

Attractions in the area will include two championship golf courses (27-hole Ernie Els and 18-hole Vijay Singh designed) managed by Troon Golf, a water adventure park, a waterfront retail village, a conference centre and additional hotels and resorts. The area is well-supported by existing and upcoming transportation and infrastructure.

Tunku Dato Ahmad Burhanuddin, Group Managing Director of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels, said, Desaru Coast has been conceptualised as the gateway to this premier luxury destination, with impressively expansive property such as Anantara Desaru Resort & Villas planned with picturesque architecture overlooking the South China Sea. This collaboration is set to catapult Malaysia into the global tourism market while ambitiously honing its position within the luxury segment.

MHG, Minor Hotel Group, Anantara, Desaru, Malaysia

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