IHG has unveiled plans to introduce the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand to New Caledonia as part of a group expansion into the destination.
The new-build InterContinental Lifou Wadra Bay Resort will be developed on the largest island in New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands. The 50-room luxury hotel has been designed by both local architect, Atelier 13, and renowned interior designer, Chada. Already under construction, the property will open in November 2021, featuring luxurious rooms, lagoon-front suites, all-day dining, a fine dining restaurant and bar, gym, spa and an outdoor pool.
Two further hotels will also be developed in New Caledonia, managed by the Holiday Inn brand. The 34-room Hotel Paradis d’Ouvéa will convert to Holiday Inn Resort Ouvéa in November 2021 following a full refurbishment, and the 30-room Hotel Drehu Village will also be converted to the Holiday inn Resort Lifou, debuting in 2024 after an extensive upgrade.
Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s Vice President of Development – Australasia, Japan & Pacific, said it was an exciting time for IHG which was making its first foray into New Caledonia.
“The Loyalty Islands currently have no international hotel brand so bringing the world’s largest hotel brand family, Holiday Inn, and the world’s largest luxury hotel brand, InterContinental, to the islands will boost the territory’s global profile and give us a fantastic opportunity to offer IHG guests a unique New Caledonian tourism experience. We are proud to work with the owner of these properties to deliver spectacular and inspiring island hospitality,” Sandilya added.
IHG currently has 51 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, voco and Holiday Inn Express, with another 35 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo.
All images (supplied by IHG): Renderings of InterContinental Lifou Wadra Bay Resort