Minor Hotel Group and Themed Attractions Reveal Details of $58M Anantara Desaru Resort in Malaysia
October 14, 2015 9:31am
Bangkok, October 14, 2015: Minor Hotel Group (MHG), a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 135 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has announced additional details of its joint venture with Malaysian partner, Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd. (TAR&H), a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, to develop an Anantara resort in Desaru Coast in south-east Malaysia. MHG‘s shareholding of the 242 million MYR (USD 58 million) project is 60%, with TAR&H holding 40%.
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 a 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 Malaysia’s 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 world class hotels and resorts. The area is well-supported by existing and upcoming transportation and infrastructure.
William E. Heinecke, Chairman and CEO of Minor International, commented, “Following our initial announcement earlier in the year of this collaboration with our Malaysian partners, we are excited to now move to the next stage of this project to bring our luxury Anantara brand to Desaru Coast. We believe Malaysia has a vast potential for growth in the tourism sector and we look forward to working with TAR&H for many years to come.”
Dillip Rajakarier, Group COO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotel Group, added, “The development of Anantara Desaru Resort & Villas, in partnership with TAR&H, represents MHG’s first investment in Malaysia and we are confident that the new property will showcase the best that Anantara and Malaysia have to offer.”
Tunku Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin, Group Managing Director of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels, added, “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.”
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Minor Hotel Group (MHG) is a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 135 hotels, resorts and serviced suites in operation under the Anantara, AVANI, PER AQUUM, Oaks, Elewana, Marriott, Tivoli, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands. Today MHG has properties in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean. With ambitious plans to grow the hotel group to 190 properties, MHG continues to expand the home grown brand of Anantara and its newest brand, AVANI, plus continues to announce strategic acquisitions. For more information, please visit
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Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd., (formerly known as Cameron Highlands Holdings Sdn. Bhd.) is an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations in Malaysia. Established by the Malaysian Government’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, TAR&H serves as a catalyst for the leisure and tourism industry by bringing premier world-class hotels, resorts, golf courses and attractions to the region.
Its current key investment portfolio comprises Desaru Coast – Malaysia’s first integrated luxury destination, LEGOLAND® Malaysia - the sixth LEGOLAND in the world and the first in Asia, KidZania Kuala Lumpur & KidZania Singapore - an indoor family education and entertainment centre, Puteri Harbour – a quay side lifestyle retail and family entertainment complex, SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN – the first of its kind outside of Japan, The Little Big Club – a single themed attraction that is home to five popular global characters and Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour at the luxury waterfront of Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, along with the award winning Datai Langkawi and the first Els Club in Southeast Asia – Els Club Teluk Datai in Langkawi. Els Club Malaysia will add two more championship golf courses to its stable with the opening of Els Club Desaru Coast and Els Club Desaru Valley, both located in Desaru Coast.
For more information, visit www.tarh.com.my
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