Movenpick signs first Muscat property

Movenpick Hotel and Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat

Movenpick Hotels and Resorts will be opening its first property in the Oman capital Muscat following the signing of an agreement to operate the Movenpick Hotel and Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat.

The combined hotel and serviced residence will offer 274 guestrooms and suites along with 50 serviced apartments, located in the city’s commercial Ghala District in close proximity to the new international airport and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Meetings and events spaces, along with an executive lounge and a residents’ lounge, will be available for corporate groups, business travellers and long-stay guests. Leisure facilities, meanwhile, will include six market-oriented F&B offerings, a rooftop restaurant, rooftop gym and spa, and swimming pool.

“This new property will be a welcome addition to our already extensive portfolio of hotels in the Middle East,” said Andreas Mattmuller, COO of Movenpick Hotels and Resorts, Middle East and Africa. “With Muscat undergoing rapid development and significant funds being invested into major tourism infrastructure projects, the time is right to put the Movenpick brand on the map in this important regional city.”

The Muscat Movenpick property is the latest in a series of recently announced properties set to open in the Middle East. In May last year, Movenpick unveiled plans for the Movenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay in Dubai – set to open this year – while in December, it announced plans for the Movenpick Resort Al Marjan in Ras al-Khaimah in the UAE, scheduled for 2019. Meanwhile in September last year, the property opened its third property in the Saudi Arabia city Jeddah, the Hotel City Star Jeddah.

Oman saw close to 1.8 million international tourists in 2016, with this figure expected to nearly double by 2026 to 3.34 million.

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Movenpick opens first serviced residence in Asia

Movenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok

Swiss hotel group Movenpick Hotels & Resorts opened its first serviced residence in Asia yesterday, located in the Thai capital. The Movenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok – situated in the west of the city in the Ekkamai retail and dining district – is the group’s second property in the country and the first of three new properties Movenpick is set to begin managing by Q4 2017.

The Movenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok includes 158 one- and two-bedroom serviced apartments. Residences come in at between 32 and 75 square metres, and offer kitchen equipment, complimentary wifi and floor-to-ceiling city-view windows. Additional facilities within the property include a 25-metre outdoor saltwater swimming pool, an indoor rooftop fitness centre and what the property describes as a “modest but well-equipped” meetings space. An on-site all-day restaurant is also present.

Speaking about the new property, Andrew Langdon, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts global chief development officer and senior vice president Asia, said he expects the property to capitalise on the Ekkamai district’s popularity among long-stay overseas visitors.

“The high quality of finishing and variety of spacious layouts, combined with our Swiss attention to detail is sure to make Movenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok a high-demand option in an area that’s already popular with long-term expatriates,” said Langdon. “With seven unit types to choose from, guests can find the perfect base to suit their personal lifestyle needs.”

Movenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok is running a promotional offer of THB30,000++ (US$857++) per month for a one-bedroom residence, along with a complimentary two-night stay in Khao Yai for bookings made before April 30, 2017.

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Mövenpick makes Indonesia debut

Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bay

Following its announcement last October that it will begin managing three new properties in Thailand between Q4 2016 and Q42017, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts is continuing its Southeast Asia expansion with the opening of its debut property in Indonesia.

Located on the island of Bali minutes from its southern Jimbaran Bay, the new Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is a 297-guestroom property approximately 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Each of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer a private balcony and feature Balinese-inspired artworks and fabrics. Complimentary wifi is also available to all guests.

“We are delighted to be opening our first property in Indonesia, a country central to our expansion plans in Southeast Asia, and where better to start than Bali,” said the group’s chief development office and senior vice president Asia, Andrew Langdon.

Indeed, the hotel is located adjacent to one of Bali’s most recent dining and retail complexes, the Samasta Village, which features shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment options. The hotel itself, meanwhile, includes five culinary options ranging from Peruvian-Japanese rooftop restaurant Above Eleven Bali – set to open in March – to coffee and artisanal Swiss ice cream and chocolate at the Mövenpick Café.

On the leisure side, the resort has a total of 2,900 sqm of water-based options, including a free-form swimming pool with an artificial beach and lap pool. A 24-hour gym and a spa – the latter due to open in April and offering Balinese and Indonesian spa treatments – also make up the leisure offerings.

Mövenpick is marking the opening by offering a discounted opening offer until June 25 for bookings made on its website. Prices per night for two people in deluxe accommodation with daily breakfast start at IDR1.88 million (US$140.7).

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Movenpick reopens Marrakech property

Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi

Movenpick has opened its first hotel in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, an expanded and renovated property linked to the Palais des Congres.

Previously operated under the Kempinski banner, the Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech has undergone a US$100 million redevelopment and now features 503 rooms, five restaurants, a rooftop bar, a two-floor spa and wellbeing centre, and four swimming pools.

The hotel also features gardens with bougainvillea, palm and olive trees, and an entrance promenade combining water features, elements of nature, wood, fire and copper, and 1,001 recessed candles.

The property is located around 15 minutes’ drive from the city’s international airport, and has direct access to the Palais des Congres Marrakesh, which is also now managed by Movenpick.

The congress centre offers a total of 5,600 sqm of events space, including the 1,700 sqm Royal Ballroom, two auditoriums, 200 meeting rooms and an outdoor events area.

Movenpick already operates two hotels in Morocco – the Movenpick Hotel Casablanca and the Movenpick Hotel & Casino Malabata Tangier.

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Mövenpick to manage three new properties in Thailand

Movenpick Resort and Spa Karon Beach Phuket - © Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts will begin managing three new properties in Thailand starting between Q4 2016 and Q4 2017, following a management agreement with developer Nusasiri Plc earlier this week. The agreement will see the Swiss hotel management company take over operating of the new Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai, Bangkok and Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai this year, and Mövenpick Resort Mai Khao Phuket next year.

These new properties will bring the company’s total number of Thailand hotels to seven. Speaking about the agreement, Andrew Langdon, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts senior vice president Asia, said: “We are thrilled today to sign an agreement with such a distinguished developer and to increase our properties under Mövenpick management in Thailand.

“This is our second property in Bangkok and the debut of our exclusive serviced apartment brand, Mövenpick Residences. It’s our third resort in Phuket, while in Khao Yai we are delighted to be opening up the first truly internationally managed resort in this well-known domestic destination.”

The new Bangkok property will comprise 160 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, along with a rooftop lounge and bar. The Phuket hotel will offer 220 rooms and will include its own beach club, while the Khao Yai hotel will include 114 suites and villas.

Thailand represents the company’s single largest market in Asia, with four of its current eight existing Asia properties being located in the country.

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Movenpick to open second Stuttgart airport property

Movenpick Stuttgart airport hotel

Movenpick Hotels and Resorts has announced plans for its second property close to Stuttgart airport.

The 262-room new-build hotel will be located just 150 metres from the existing Movenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport and Messe, and will feature a 150-seat restaurant and 100-seat bar, as well as a 740 sqm ballroom and “several meeting rooms”.

Movenpick says that when combined with the conference space at it existing Stuttgart airport hotel, the facilities will create the largest meeting and events space in Southern Germany at nearly 3,000 sqm.

The new property will be situated on the site of a former airport administration building, next to the S-Bahn, and the forthcoming ICE airport station and tram terminal stop, and will feature an atrium style lobby.

Within Europe Movenpick currently operates eight properties in Germany, five in Switzerland, four in Turkey, three in the Netherlands and one in France.

The group recently announced plans for a new property within Dubai’s Business Bay district.

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Movenpick to open property in Dubai’s Business Bay

Movenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business BayMovenpick Hotels and Resorts is to open a property within a 40-storey building in Dubai’s Business Bay district next year.

The Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay will feature 299 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, a three-tiered podium area with six meeting spaces, triple glazed windows, a spa, gym, swimming pool, all-day dining restaurant and a business centre.

The hotel will be located on Burj Khalifa Boulevard overlooking the world’s tallest building.

Movenpick currently operates six properties in Dubai, with the Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai also due to open in 2017, and the Mövenpick Hotel Dubai Media City slated for 2018.

Steigenberger Hotel Group recently opened a 365-room property in Dubai’s Business Bay, the group’s first hotel in the GCC region (see news February 15).

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Mövenpick Hotel opens in Bangkok

Swiss hospitality group Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has opened Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 in Bangkok.

The hotel is located on Sukhumvit Road, next to the BTS Asoke Skytrain and MRT Sukhumvit subway.

It is also close to Exchange Tower and the Thanapoom Tower Building, and other attractions such as Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and the Grand Palace.

The 297 room and suite property provides amenities including free wifi and a 24-hour tuk-tuk shuttle service.

It also offers 300 sqm of meeting space including the 180 sqm Lotus Ballroom. Other features include a two-storey waterfall in the courtyard, a 20-metre rooftop pool and a bar offering superb views of the Bangkok skyline.

The Lelawadee Restaurant offers a variety of cuisines from the Thai classics to European and international dishes.

For more information, visit moevenpick-hotels.com

Mövenpick to open first property in China

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced that it will open its first property in China this summer, in Enshi City, Hubei Province.

The seat of governance of the Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, the city is located along the Quingjing River and surrounded by green mountains, forests, rapids and ethnic minority villages. Famous sites nearby include Enshi’s own Grand Canyon. Developing industries here include food processing, tobacco, pharmaceutics, mechanics and mining, particularly of selenium used in glass production.

The five-star hotel – the first of this calibre in the city – will have 14 floors and contain 250 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, a club lounge, 515-square-metre ballroom, eight meeting rooms, a pool, spa and fitness centre. It will be located in the city’s business district, 2.5 km from the airport.

Enshi City is only 400 km from Chongqing (see story here) and 500 km from Wuhan (story here), and there are plans to link the city with these two metropolises through high-speed rail.

By 2015 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts aims to have four properties open in China, with the others being located in Sanya, Shanghai and Chifeng City in Inner Mongolia.

“Chinese consumers regard Swiss products and services as refreshingly different and we are looking forward to leveraging our Swiss roots and culinary legacy to carve a unique niche in this fascinating country,” said Andreas Mattmüller, chief operating officer for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Asia.

Globally, the 40-year-old hotel chain aims to open 100 hotels across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia by 2015.

For more information, visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com

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Mövenpick enters Colombo, Sri Lanka

Turning 40 this year, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts moves ahead with its plan to operate 100 properties by 2015 (see news and news), launching a presence in Colombo by the middle of this year.

The 19-storey Mövenpick Hotel Colombo will open next to the popular Liberty Plaza shopping centre in the city’s heart. In total, there will be 180 guestrooms, with the standard types measuring 36 sqm and suites measuring 70 sqm. Other facilities include a specialty restaurant, all-day dining outlet, rooftop bar and music club.

Andreas Mattmuller, the chain’s chief operating officer for Middle East & Asia, commented that this latest addition was “in line with the development strategy to secure projects in key Asian markets” as well as being “a great opportunity to expand our presence in an emerging travel destination”.

Since 2009 – when decades long civilian conflict finally came to an end – the once beleaguered Sri Lankan capital has been rapidly building up a new persona (see news). Besides Mövenpick, the boom in tourism has attracted other major accommodation providers such as Hyatt (see news) and Shangri-La (see news). (The Hilton has been the only branded hotel property there for many years.) Meanwhile, airlines like Jet Airways and Etihad have either bumped up frequencies or resumed services to Colombo.

For more details, visit www.movenpick-hotels.com

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