HPL boosts Maldives presence

HPL Hotels & Resorts is planning to manage a new resort in the Maldives. Scheduled to start operations in
the 1st quarter of 2008, Kandooma Beach Resort will be the second HPL Hotels
& Resorts - managed property in the Maldives and the fourth owned by the HPL
Group at the destination.

Featuring 160 villas of various categories, ranging from garden and
beach villas to sea front duplex and water villas, including one Royal Water
Villa, accommodation at the resort will be fresh and contemporary in
appearance with clean lines and min imal clutter, while retaining the warmth
of natural wood finishes.

Recreational facilities on the island will include several restaurants
and bars, a spa and gym, a swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a books-music-movies
library, a football field, a retail shop, Internet stations, a diving school
& seaports centre, and a picnic island located five minutes away by
speedboat.

According to Ms Karen Chan, Marketing Communications Manager for HPL
Hotels & Resorts, the company, which has been operating in the Maldives for
several years, has acquired a good understanding of the Maldivian market and
sees an unfilled demand for the provision of an affordable, contemporary
luxury experience without going overboard on expensive services that may go
unnoticed.

“We see our market as wanting to come away richer, not only in
relaxation and rest, but also in knowledge and experience,” commented Ms
Chan. “Hence, Kandooma Beach Resort will be conceptualised to provide guests
with an experience that seeks to make their holiday uniquely Maldivian by
focussing on the delivery and enhancement of the natural beauty of the
environment.”
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