Malaysia’s tourism industry is already bracing for the return of tourists in large numbers. In 2022, more and more luxury hotels are going up across the country, and more are currently being developed, with five-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
While tourism has grown into a new field (such as space travel), the local hospitality industry has also seen a surge.While city hotels are still struggling to reach 50% of pre-pandemic occupancy, resorts are reporting full occupancy, it said. edgeThe business publication cited China’s zero-coronavirus policy as one of the factors affecting the figure.
However, industry insiders remain hopeful. Many luxury hotels are currently under construction, and as the world continues on its road to recovery, the country can expect tourists to regain confidence when traveling in Malaysia.
Here are 6 luxury hotels currently under development in Malaysia
Waldorf Astoria Kuala Lumpur
The luxury hotel will feature 279 suites with custom-designed interiors and furnishings. Waldorf Astoria Kuala Lumpur, an up-and-coming five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur, will be developed and owned by Tradewinds Corporation Berhad and managed by Hilton.
Along with the top-notch service Hilton is known for, the location will draw travelers flocking to this property. Perfectly situated within Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, the hotel is within walking distance of the city’s top attractions and shopping centres, including Pavilion Mall and Suria KLCC.
The Waldorf Astoria Kuala Lumpur is scheduled to open in 2024. Click here to read all about it.
Intercontinental Hotel Penang
InterContinental Hotels Group is partnering with Tradewinds Corporation Berhad to transform the former Mutiara Beach Resort in Penang to open a second InterContinental hotel in Malaysia. InterContinental Penang will be Penang’s leading five-star hotel and will have 355 rooms and suites, as well as six villas.
Facilities will include three swimming pools, five restaurants and bars, and an InterContinental Lounge with stunning views of the Straits of Malacca. The resort will also feature a spa with 10 treatment villas, a yoga studio and relaxation pavilions. And if that’s not enough, guests can always head to Teluk Bahang Fishing Village, Penang National Park and Penang Tropical Spice Garden to indulge in nearby delicacies.
InterContinental Penang is scheduled to open in 2025.
Hyatt Centric Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, in partnership with Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad, is developing Malaysia’s first Hyatt Centric-branded hotel in Kota Kinabalu. The hotel’s central location provides easy access to the business district, shopping centers, restaurants and other local attractions such as the Jesselton Point marina from which guests can explore the nearby islands.
The hotel itself will be a sight to behold. World-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma was given the opportunity to shape and enhance the hotel from the inside out. The award-winning designers took inspiration from the lush green hills and blue ocean that surround the property, incorporating local materials into their grand plans. If in the future you need a break from your 5-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur, escape city life at Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu.
Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu is scheduled to open in 2022.
Penang Amari Spice
Another five-star hotel in Penang is also scheduled to open this year, the Amari Spice Hotel Penang. The hotel will have an address in Bayan Lepas, close to multinational corporate offices, Penang Golf Club, shopping malls and other places of interest.
Amari SPICE Penang will offer 453 rooms and suites with seven room types to choose from. Outside the suite, guests can explore the Amaya Food Gallery, D’ Observatory Sky Bar (with stunning views of Penang’s breathtaking skyline), Cafe Cascade and Aqua Bar.
Amari SPICE Penang is scheduled to open in September 2022.
Wanda Realm Langkawi Resort
Part of the Tropicana Cenang development, Wanda Realm Langkawi will become a landmark on the Langkawi skyline upon completion. This will be the first-ever overseas Wanda Realm brand and a wonderful addition to luxury hotels in Malaysia.
While we don’t know much about the up-and-coming resort, we do know that the luxurious beachfront resort will offer 350 spacious hotel rooms, in line with Langkawi’s 2020 local planning blueprint.
Wanda Realm Langkawi is scheduled to open in 2023.
Le Méridien Penang Airport
Le Méridien Penang Airport will be located next to the Penang International Airport as part of the Penang Gateway development plan. The hotel, which will have 200 rooms and suites, will stay true to the brand’s roots, with its mid-century design executed by SA Architects Malaysia.
The star of the five-star hotel in Penang will be its luxurious 2,000-square-foot presidential suite. In addition to this, the hotel will feature a sky bridge that will connect guests directly to the adjacent shopping mall. The hotel itself will offer dining options including an all-day dining restaurant, specialty restaurants, patisserie and the brand’s signature Latitude Bar.
Le Meridien Penang Airport is scheduled to open in 2026.
(Featured image: meridian; Hero Image: Intercontinental)
This story first appeared on PrestigeOnline Malaysia