The Gran Melia Maldives and the Melia Serengeti Lodge, Tanzania are scheduled to open by the 3rd quarter of 2017, while the Melia Almaty, Kazakhstan, the hotel group’s first property in the Central Asian destination, is set for 2018.
The Gran Melia Maldives resort, which will be built to rival the island’s existing luxury products from Shangri-La and Jumeirah, will be located in Kalhudiyafushi, a 40-minute drive from Male International Airport.
The hotel will consist of 100 rooms and 95 private villas, as well as three bespoke restaurants, a spa and retail outlets.
The property will be a short transfer from the island’s fishing and diving areas and groups will be able to book a nearby island for exclusive events through the hotel.
Meanwhile, the Melia Serengeti Lodge, scheduled for June 2017, will be the hotel group’s first sustainable hotel. The 50-room property will be made from environmentally friendly materials, while rainwater will be made drinkable and photovaltic panels will be used to generate electricity.
The hotel’s location on the hillside of the Nyamuma valley will be attractive to incentive groups who will be able to view the mass migration of African wildlife as it passes through.
Lastly, Melia will make its first mark in Kazakhstan in 2018 with the 250-room Melia Almaty. The hotel is being developed near the mountains of Tien Shan, Altay and Ulytau, which are renowned winter sport destinations in the region. The hotel will offer 50 suites, a restaurant and bar, spa facilities and meeting rooms.
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