Main Photo: The beaches at Kuala Penyu
Date: October 2019
Location: Close to Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah State
Name: Club Med Kuala Penyu Beach – opening late 2022
No. of Keys: 400, including 40 suites
Buyer: A new resort is planned by Club Med close to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia’s Sabah state in late 2022.
The all-inclusive development on Borneo’s north coast will be located between rainforest and beach at Kuala Penyu, 90-minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu international airport.
Club Med is collaborating with owners Golden Sands Beach Resort City to create the brand’s first large-scale sustainably-built beach resort in the Asia-Pacific region.
The group behind Golden Sands has extensive business experience in Malaysia and abroad with specific focus on Hospitality and Property Developments in Sabah & Kuala Lumpur.
The property will have 400 rooms, including 40 luxury suites, Travel Weekly Asia reported.
Company president Henri Giscard d’Estaing said: “The Club Med spirit has always been to create new resorts that seamlessly blend into naturally beautiful locations and become discoverable bucket list destinations in their own right.
“Opening in Kuala Penyu allows us to showcase Sabah’s beautiful surroundings in a relatively undiscovered part of the world.
“This will be our second resort in Malaysia in a destination that is seeing increased airlift and interest from travellers across the globe including China, Korea, South-East Asia and Australia.”
The resort is located next to a mangrove reserve that will offer a plethora of activities that will encourage guests to discover local gems, including island hopping to the beautiful Pulau Tiga, a river ride that showcases Sabah’s diverse wildlife and ecosystem as well as an adrenaline-pumping white-water river rafting adventure.
Club Med has been building resorts that blend harmoniously into its exceptional locations, with a focus on minimising the environmental footprint through efficient energy consumption, treating and recycling water, promoting renewable energy sources and waste recycling techniques. Its partnership with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for Club Med Borneo from the outset will create a benchmark for Club Med to construct new resorts that meet stringent BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) standards.
Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, invented the all-inclusive holiday club concept, adding in activities especially for children with the creation of the Mini Club in 1967. Today, Club Med is the world’s leading provider of upscale, all-inclusive holiday packages with a French touch for families and working couples. Club Med operates nearly 70 resorts in snow and sun destinations over the world.. present in 30 countries around the world.
THPT Comment: Club Med, with it’s investment from Fosun, seem to have come back into expansion mode. Great to see.
First Seen: Travel Weekly
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