YTL Hotels has announced the signing of two management contracts with Marriott International to develop two new hotels under the luxury brand The Ritz-Carlton: The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui in Thailand and the new Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the all-season resort Niseko Village of Hokkaido, Japan.
“YTL Hotels has had a long-standing relationship with Marriott International since 1995 managing five of our properties with 2000 rooms across Asia-Pacific and this expansion into Thailand and Japan is a continuation of our shared success over the years. The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui and the new Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Niseko Village will elevate the stature of the two highly sought-after tourist destinations. This is especially so in Niseko Village where we have long-term developmental plans to transform it into a leading all-season tourist destination of Asia. In the next 10 years, we will also build Ritz-Carlton Residences complementing both hotels to meet growing demands by international home buyers looking to invest in resort residences. This approach is in alignment with The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Kuala Lumpur which YTL developed as the first Ritz-Carlton branded residences in Malaysia,” said Dato’ Mark Yeoh, Executive Director, YTL Hotels.
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui will be developed in Plai Laem, located in the Choeng Mon area at the north-eastern tip of the island well-known for its white sand beaches surrounded by waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The hotel will feature approximately 187 luxurious guestrooms and pool villas with dining, wellness and recreational facilities set on the beachfront. It is slated to be completed within the next two years and will be joining the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Krabi – Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
“When styling and designing a Ritz-Carlton, we are extremely conscious of the surrounding and abundant natural beauty which makes people fall in love with the destination,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “We want guests to enjoy and discover the extraordinary diversity and beauty to be found in this part of Thailand.”
“Ritz-Carlton Reserves feature signature, one-of-a-kind boutique resorts positioned in unique settings, each with a distinctive personality and sense of place reflecting its history and culture. A refuge from the expected, Ritz-Carlton Reserve is for travellers seeking to discover a singular location and peerless resort that will offer guests exotic, hand-selected ‘hideaway’ destinations in a relaxed, casually elegant atmosphere. Niseko Village is a natural choice to complement our existing exclusive portfolio,” added Humler.
Upon its opening, the new Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Niseko Village will be an addition to the four Ritz-Carlton hotels in Japan located in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Okinawa. The hotel would also add to YTL Hotels’ portfolio in Niseko Village which includes Hilton Niseko Village, The Green Leaf Niseko Village and Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse.