Date: April 2018
Location: Kumarakon, Kerala, India
Name: Was Aveda Resort & Spa …will be Park Regis Aveda by May 2018.
No. of Keys: 44
Current Owner: On this tie-up with StayWell Holdings, Prashant Chawla, Owner Park Regis Aveda, Kumarakom said, “I am thrilled to be working alongside a brand with the global recognition of StayWell Holdings and am certain the hotel experience will be elevated under their leadership, offering an unmatched hospitality and par excellence service.
This partnership will not only open up our horizons in India, but also internationally, and we look forward to taking this association beyond one property.”
Buyer: StayWell Holdings, one of Asia Pacific’s largest hotel management groups, have today announced a new partnership with Aveda Resort & Spa in Kumarakom. Park Regis Aveda, Kumarakom will mark StayWell Holdings first location in Southern India.
This announcement strengthens StayWell Holdings continuous effort and commitment to expanding the brand in India, and the first hotel to open post the acquisition of Australia’s StayWell Hospitality Group by Seibu Holdings’ subsidiary Prince Hotels Inc, in July 2017 for US$38m.
Mr. Simon Wan, President & Director, StayWell Holdings said “Opening a hotel in Kerala presents many benefits for StayWell in India, as well as operators in the local region.
Kerala is a popular tourist destination and Aveda Kumarakom has fast become the preferred accommodation for guests who place emphasis on privacy and luxury while travelling.”
Key features guests can expect at Park Regis Aveda, Kumarakom include; private cottages, villas, suites, an open poolside restaurant come lounge, La Breeze, an Ayurvedic Spa and a well-equipped fitness gym.
The resort also boasts a banquet hall with a capacity of approximately 150 guests, business centre and a recreational area for use by guests at their leisure.
“We will continue to look for opportunities to expand our brands both in India and internationally,” Mr. Wan said.
THPT Comment: One to watch….one of the largest hotel management groups in Asia Pacific, StayWell Holdings and its parent company Prince Hotels Inc., offers a diverse portfolio of properties across a combined network of 72 open and operating hotels worldwide.
Prince Hotels & Resorts and StayWell’s combined brand offerings include The Prince, Grand Prince Hotel, Policy, Park Regis, Prince Hotel, Leisure Inn Plus, Prince Smart Inn, and Leisure Inn. Each brand offers guests quality experiences ranging from luxury to lifestyle though to midscale.
Prince Hotels & Resorts and StayWell have set a strategic goal to deliver 250 hotels in the medium to long term. The expansion of both company brands will take place across the regions of Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Asia, Japan, Taiwan, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
Prince Hotels operate a combined network of 50 hotels, 31 golf courses and 9 ski resorts and is headed up by Shigeyoshi Akasaka, president and representative director.
StayWell has an existing network of 22 open and operating hotels and a further 14 hotels that are committed and opening over the next few years.
In addition, StayWell has two key strategic partners being Manhatton Hotel Group in China (19 hotels) and Cristal Group in the Middle East (11 hotels).
First Seen: StayWell website