The existing Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut will soon become the first internationally branded resort managed by Hilton in Damai Laut. Following a brief conversion process, the new resort is slated to open for business in 2020.
Nestled within 172 hectares of lush tropical foliage and featuring a total of 291 luxury rooms and suites, DoubleTree by Hilton Damai Laut Resort will provide guests with a mix of comforting accommodation and spectacular views; the resort overlooks both the Strait of Malacca and Pangkor Island. Strategically located along the southern reaches of Lumut, the resort will also be located close to the only turtle sanctuary on Malaysia’s west coast.
Five restaurants and drinking outlets on offer at the resort will combine all-day dining with international fare, local delicacies and beachfront refreshments. To keep leisure travellers entertained throughout their stay, DoubleTree by Hilton Damai Laut Resort will feature a mini water park, along with an 18-hole beachfront golf course.
Guests staying on business will be able to take advantage of extensive MICE facilities, including a 1,860m2 event space and an 885m2 ballroom for corporate functions such as presentations, awards, team building activities and breakout sessions.
“Damai Laut is one of the key gateways to the beautiful surrounding islands including Pangkor Island and Marina Island,” says Shawn McAteer, who is the senior vice president and global head of DoubleTree by Hilton. “As a coastal town with a rich historical heritage, Damai Laut has huge potential to be the next resort destination of choice,” he continued.
Hilton currently operates 11 properties in Malaysia across three key brands – Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn. The group intends to open seven new hotels in the next few years, including four under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand and two new brands in the market: luxury brand Conrad Hotels & Resorts and lifestyle brand Canopy by Hilton.
“We recognise the immense tourism potential in Malaysia, which is one of our key growth markets here in Southeast Asia,” said Guy Phillips, who is senior vice president of Asia & Australasia at Hilton. “Secondary and tertiary destinations within the country such as Damai Laut are opening up to tourism even more and we are keen to continue expanding our footprint and portfolio of brands across both gateway and secondary cities in the market, by working with the right partners,” he concluded.