Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the soft opening of Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan. Sandakan is the second-largest city of Malaysian Borneo following Kota Kinabalu, which is 227km away.
The property, 20 minutes drive from the airport, is the first international brand to open in the port city, which has long been an important export point for Malaysian-produced palm oil, tobacco, coffee and sago.
The 300-room hotel plans to attract business travellers as well as tapping into the eco-tourism market in the area – and even hopes to combine the two.
“Due to its accessibility via Kuala Lumpur International Airport and its eco-tourism attractions, Sandakan is poised to attract MICE business as it offers international standard, state-of-the-art MICE facilities,” a Starwood representative said.
The hotel is located in the city’s new central business district and is directly linked to Sandakan Harbour Mall, which houses a convention hall that can host up to 1,000 people.
The Four Points in Sandakan also features a presidential suite and varying levels of executive and deluxe suites with all the standard amenities and free high-speed wifi. It also boasts 1,600 sqm of meeting space, including a ballroom, as well as a full business centre. There is also a gym, pool and four restaurants and bars.
“Couple these international-standard meeting facilities with the myriad of eco-tourism activities, and it makes the city perfect for meeting planners looking to combine work with play, or looking for that unique difference to offer their delegates,” Starwood’s representative added.
The property is the third Four Points by Sheraton to open in Malaysia, after Langkawi late last year and Kuching in March 2009.