Sol Meliá is to launch three new luxury hotels this year in Seville, Shanghai and Crete.
- Gran Meliá Crete will open summer 2009 and offers 250 junior suites and 50 villas, each facing the ocean. It comes equipped with a full service marina, private beach and150 private pools.
- Gran Meliá Shanghai opens in June 2009 in Shanghai's financial district, and will have 687 guestrooms, 596 Deluxe rooms, 44 Royal Service rooms and 46 Suites as well as an Imperial Suite. It will also have a 2,500sq m pool.
- Gran Meliá Colón in Seville - the former Hotel Tryp Colon - reopened its doors this week following a complete renovation of the 1929 building.
- For 2010. the company plans to open a new Gran Meliá hotel in Rome, which it is describing as "a luxurious and exclusive hotel in the heart of the classical part of the city".
Sol Meliá chief executive Sebastian Escarrer commented: "This recession does not come as a surprise to the industry and we are fortunate that the strategic plan developed five years ago was carried out successfully, allowing for the company's financial security even under distressing market conditions such as those we experience today."