By V. Sivaji

With its ever growing attraction as a favourite tourist destination, Sabah will see another top international brand, Hyatt’s Alila Dalit Bay open come 2020.

This is in line with the Hyatt Group’s expansion plan and also its 40th anniversary in 2020 to open more than 20 luxury hotels and resorts worldwide.

For the uninitiated, the name Alila, means “surprise” in the ancient Sanskirt language

The resort is nestled on a pristine beachfront along Sabah’s west coast overlooking the South China Sea and is 28 kilometers north of Kota Kinabalu.

The design is inspired by the “longhouse” design of the local Dusun Lotud tribe. Guests can enjoy magnificent views and breathtaking sunsets, backed by the majestic lagoon of Mengkabong River with beautiful mangroves rich with diverse wildlife.

In support of sustainable tourism, Alila brand hotels adopt EarthCheck operating standards which integrates the natural, physical and cultural elements of their environments.

They also embark on destination experience in recreating the flavours of the local cuisine, enhancing your well-being through ancient healing arts of thrill of adventure sports.

Two other Alila resorts which are expected to open are the Alila Hini Bay in Oman by 2020 and the Alila Le Gruyere in Switzerland by 2023.

Other brands under the group which are expected to open are Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Miraval and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

As part of this global expansion, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand is seeing its strongest growth to date in Europe.

The brand is known for an exceptional portfolio of true historic gems as well as contemporary properties with a fascinating past. Each hotel within the collection provides one-of-a-kind experiences attracting independently minded travellers looking for the extraordinary.

Upcoming hotels include distinctive properties like Great Scotland Yard, the location of London’s former metropolitan police headquarters and the majestic Hôtel du Palais Biarritz, the former imperial residence of Napoleon III, which is due to reopen in June 2020 after an extensive renovation.

“With our growth acceleration in the luxury segment, we will have the opportunity to care for more travelers around the globe through a range of differentiated high-end experiences.

“We’re excited to expand into new markets and enhance the global footprint of our brands, giving our guests and members additional ways to connect with our luxury offerings in places where they want to be.” said Mark Vondrasek, chief commercial officer, Hyatt International.
Meanwhile five Park Hyatt hotels expected to open by 2020 in Doha, Qatar; Jakarta, Indonesia; Niseko Japan; Suzhou, China; and Auckland, New Zealand.

With its world-renowned artwork, sophisticated design, and sought-after dining experiences – with several Michelin-starred restaurants, now totaling three in Europe – the brand caters to discerning travelers who appreciate understated luxury and an intimate, residential stay.

In addition, six Andaz branded luxury lifestyle properties are due to open in Dubai, UAE; Prague, Czech Republic; Bali, Indonesia; Shenzhen and Xiamen in China, and Palm Springs, California, offering distinctively local experiences and creative design within open, barrier-free spaces.

The Grand Hyatt brand is also set to continue to steadily grow with new openings in Hefei and the Shenzhou Peninsula in China, Kuwait, Gurgaon in India, Jeju in South Korea, and Nashville, Tennessee, along with the first Grand Hyatt hotel in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Known for its bold and vibrant architecture and welcoming service, Hyatt’s largest luxury brand, Grand Hyatt, celebrates the iconic in small details and magnificent moments.