Centara Hotels & Resorts will open its third resort in the Maldives next year, following the signing of a new management contract.
Centara Hudhufushi Resort & Spa is currently under design and planning, and is set to launch as an international four-star hotel in the second half of 2014. The resort, which will have approximately 110 rooms, will be located on the east side of Lhaviyani Atoll, 25 minutes from Male International Airport by seaplane. The resort is being developed at cost of US$36 million.
“The Maldives is one of the world’s finest holiday destinations, and this is very much a strategic move in our plans to expand our presence in the Indian Ocean,” said Centara’s CEO, Thirayuth Chirathivat.
Centara opened its first resort in the Maldives, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, in late 2009. The second resort, Centara RasFushi Resort & Spa Maldives, will open in March this year.
“Our international presence has grown extremely strongly during the past few years, and the Maldives has been a major success for us,” said Chris Bailey, Centara’s senior vice president for sales & marketing.
“We believe that having a third Maldives resort, in a very different location amongst the Maldivian islands, and with a different style to the existing two resorts, will give us a very powerful marketing tool.
“Our marketing division for the Indian Ocean region has recently been strengthened, and we have great confidence in the region, and in our latest venture,” he added.