The InterContinental Group (IHG) is set to debut the InterContinental brand in Halong Bay, Vietnam with two properties in 2023.

The hotel group has announced the signing of InterContinental Halong Bay Resort and InterContinental Residences Halong Bay with Ha Long Investment and Development Limited Company, a member of BIM Group, marking IHG’s expansion into the Quang Ninh province, Vietnam.

IHG says the project draws inspiration from its beachfront location in Halong Bay which includes more than 1,600 islands and inlets “forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars”.

InterContinental Halong Bay Resort will feature 175 guest rooms, while InterContinental Residences Halong Bay will be made up of 60 apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms, and 41 villas. Guests and residents alike will be able to enjoy five restaurant and bar outlets, four pools, a gym, kids club and spa. The property will have six meeting rooms, with the largest room able to accommodate up to 500 people, according to the hotel group.

IHG is allowing guests to own an apartment or villa at InterContinental Residences Halong Bay allowing their residence to benefit from inclusion in a rental programme, with apartments and villas available for third party guests to book through IHG’s global channels.

“Staying true to InterContinental’s heritage of pioneering luxury travel to new destinations, we are delighted to be expanding our long-standing partnership with BIM Group and taking the brand to the fabled Halong Bay, strengthening our presence across the country. This signing shows the continued trust our owners place in IHG and our brands and demonstrates the long-term growth opportunities within Vietnam’s hospitality sector,” said Serena Lim, vice president, development for IHG, South East Asia & Korea.

IHG says leisure guests will enjoy convenient access to attractions including theme parks, water parks, beaches, integrated resorts, golf courses, popular shopping areas and night markets. Business travellers, according to the hotel group, can benefit from the proximity to MICE and convention centres, deep sea port operations, and upcoming commercial clusters.

IHG currently has 14 hotels in Vietnam across four brands and plans to open 15 hotels in the next three to five years.