In recognition of the increasing importance of the Middle Eastern travel market and the Arabian Gulf’s role as a global travel hub, Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group will be at Arabian Travel Mart in Dubai this week to meet with travel industry partners, highlight properties in key locations and share new and upcoming additions to its portfolio of hotels, resorts and serviced residences across the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region.
The rapidly expanding hotel company is celebrating an exciting period of development across its various brands, and marking its entry into key new markets including the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Over the last 12 months, ONYX welcomed six new additions to its regional portfolio of properties, headlined by Amari Havodda Maldives which opened on 15 January 2016. A secluded hideaway set on its own private island on the pristine Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, the resort is home to one of the largest infinity pools in the Maldives. Its 120 guest villas are located either along the beach or over the waters of the island’s spectacular house reef.
Other openings over the past year include Amari Koh Samui, a resort located on a secluded stretch of the famed Chaweng Beach, OZO Kandy Sri Lanka, a smart and fresh new hotel located minutes from the Kandy town centre with views of the lake and surrounding landmarks, Chiva Residence Bangkok, a residence-style hotel located in the upscale Soonvijai district of the Thai capital, and Nova Express Pattaya, a hotel located on Pattaya Third Road.
Over the last 12-month period, ONYX also announced the upcoming opening of new properties in locations such as Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and China.
The Middle East and Arabian Gulf continues to be an increasingly important source market for ONYX. The area is the third largest regional source market for the ONYX portfolio of hotels after Asia and Europe, and witnessed a 17% year-on-year increase in guest arrivals in 2015. The Middle Eastern market also accounts for over 10% of total guest occupancy across the ONYX portfolio of hotels across the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region.
The top ONYX destinations for Middle Eastern guests include Bangkok, Doha and Kandy in Sri Lanka.
In Bangkok, two ONYX hotels offering residence-style accommodation – Amari Residences Bangkok and Oriental Residence Bangkok – are witnessing a rise in popularity with guests from the Middle East. Both properties have Arabic-speaking staff on hand to provide enhanced assistance and comfort to guests from the GCC. Outside of Bangkok, ONYX is also seeing increased interest in destinations such as Phuket and Colombo.
Proud of its Thai roots, ONYX Hospitality Group continues to expand its presence across the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region. Highlights include:
Accelerating the expansion of OZO and Shama
Earlier this year, ONYX formed a joint venture with Singapore Hospitality Holdings to accelerate the growth of the OZO and Shama portfolio across key Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The collaboration targets to open 46 OZO and Shama city and resort properties across the region by 2024. With Singapore Hospitality Holdings’ experience in hotel development and ONYX’s management expertise, this partnership will strengthen the growth of these two brands and create new opportunities for further expansion.
Amari Koh Samui** – **Reopened 1 April 2016
The popular Amari Koh Samui reopened on 1 April 2016 following 12 months of extensive renovations. The relaunched property on Chaweng Beach offers 197 rooms across three distinct wings, with rejuvenated indoor and outdoor areas as well as brand new pools and landscaped gardens. Other new facilities include a Breeze Spa and Amari’s signature Amaya Food Gallery, an all-day dining venue inspired by the street markets of Asia. Prego, the island’s favourite Italian restaurant, is now open in a new and larger venue within the resort.
Amari Residences Pattaya – Opening 1 July 2016
With 173 guest rooms and suites, Amari Residences Pattaya will be ideal for both short and extended stays. Set on Pratamnak Hill, the new property is located within easy reach from the city’s attractions. The culinary options at this property include Brasserie, a breakfast venue with an outdoor terrace overlooking the swimming pool; Aroma, a grab-and-go outlet serving wraps and sandwiches and beverages, and a pool bar. A highlight of this property will be its outdoor pool, complete with a giant waterslide for family fun.
Amari Galle Sri Lanka – Opening Q4 2016
Located along the coastal Galle Road a short drive from the historic Galle Fort, Amari Galle will have 172 rooms and suites, all with direct ocean views. Other highlights include an all-day dining restaurant, a rooftop bar, a large beachfront resort pool, Breeze Spa and extensive function facilities. This opening marks the entry of Amari to Sri Lanka, where ONYX currently manages two OZO hotels in Colombo and Kandy.
Amari Johor Bahru, Malaysia – Opening Q4 2016
Located in southern Peninsula Malaysia, Amari Johor Bahru will offer 242 spacious rooms and a selection of Amari’s signature features including Amaya Food Gallery, Breeze Spa and creative meeting facilities. The property is part of the Suasana Iskandar Malaysia development, which is located in the heart of Johor Bahru in close proximity to a popular shopping street and the upcoming JB Sentral Mass Rapid Transit Station which provides easy access to neighbouring Singapore.
OZO Hoi An Vietnam – Opening Q1 2017
As part of a beachfront master development consisting of a retail complex, dining and entertainment village, residential apartments, villas and recreational facilities, OZO Hoi An will offer its signature EAT all-day dining restaurant, a gym and flexible meeting space. Guests will also have direct access to the landscaped grounds, beach pool and deck, plus a range of retail shops and independent food and beverage outlets.