Kempinski prepares for Kazakh and Croatian openings

Kempinski Hotels has moved into Central Asia after signing a agreement with Okan Holding, one of Kazakhstan’s leading real estate development companies. The agreement means Kempinski will manage two hotels in Kazakhstan: new five-star luxury hotel in Almaty and an all-suite hotel in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. The Kempinski hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city will open in 2008. Offering 230 rooms and serviced apartments, the property will be part of a luxury complex in the exclusive Bostandík district. The hotel will have a conference centre with ballroom, business centre, several restaurants as well as a spa and fitness centre. The futuristic complex in the Mikrorayon district of Astana will open in 2008. It will feature a base podium with Astana’s largest shopping mall, as well as an impressive business and convention centre. As well as overseeing the sale of apartments, Kempinski will manage an all-suite luxury hotel on the upper levels, intended for extended-stay business guests. Economic reform and government led privatisation have created positive economic growth for Kazakhstan and both Almaty and Astana International Airport are served by international carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa, and Turkish Airlines. The hotel group will also manage a property on the Istrian coast of Croatia. The Kempinski Hotel Porto Mariccio, opening in 2009, will be located opposite the Brioni Islands. The five-star property will feature 250 rooms and suites, as well as a 3,000 square metre spa. The whole development is being designed to respect both the Istrian architectural heritage and the local environment. Set in an impressive 316 acres of gently sloping landscaped gardens, the resort includes an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and golf academy. The resort will also have its own marina with 350 berths.

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