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Hotels & Holidays: Club Med marks significant milestone in Malaysia, planting a rich foundation at future resort in Kuala Penyu, Sabah

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Club Med and the owning company, Golden Sands Beach Resort City Sdn Bhd (GSBRC), a
Sabah based company, held a celebratory event on the morning of 25th November 2019, to plant a rooted foundation for the resort with their first ceremonial tree.The Club Med
team was accompanied by government officials from Sabah, including YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd. Shafie bin Haji Apdal,Chief Minister of Sabah, a key figure in the development of this project, as well as over 400 guests from the region.

The construction of this premium resort (4-Trident) with a Club Med Exclusive Collection Space (5-Trident), will begin in Q2 2020 and is expected to welcome its first guests in late
2022. This resort marks a significant milestone for Club Med, as the brand celebrates its 70th anniversary next year. Having opened its first resort in Asia Pacific in Cherating 39 years ago, which ignited decades of growth across the region, Club Med is very pleased to
extend its commitment as a partner to Malaysian Tourism, in a destination such as Sabah which is seeing increased airlift and interest from travellers across the globe.

Following the success of Club Med Cherating Beach, establishing the new location in Sabah is a strategic move for Club Med, as the state has excellent connectivity with other Asian countries, receiving 3.9 million visitors in 2018 alone. With the abundance of flora and fauna species, opportunities to enhance the unrivalled beauty in Sabah’s biodiversity and good weather all-year around, there is massive growth potential for Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu to be recognized as the top upscale resort at the holiday destination.

Built on 41 acres of land flanked by tropical rainforests, fronted by kilometres of pristine beach with picture-perfect white sand, and located next to a mangrove reserve, Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu will be the brand’s first large-scale sustainably-built beach resort in Asia Pacific certified by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). The focus on eco-sustainability shared by both Club Med and GSBRC looks to ensure that the location’s natural beauty is preserved while increasing their positive impact to the community. Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu will create approximately 400 job opportunities for the community of Kuala Penyu, contributing to the local economy while simultaneously showcasing Sabah’s beautiful surroundings by unveiling this hidden gem to the world.

Located at Kuala Penyu Beach, the premium all-inclusive Club Med resort will offer a
pristine paradise, with proximity to famous landmarks in the vicinity such as Mount
Kinabalu, the Menumbok Forest Reserve, and Pulau Tiga. The resort, just 90-minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, will be particularly appealing to families thanks to its complete range of kids clubs for children aged from 4 months to 17 years, but will also be aiming at adventure-seeking couples. Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu will boast 400 rooms within its property, including 40 luxury suites for the Club Med Exclusive Collection space, with occupancy of 1038 guests in total. The resort will also feature 3 restaurants, 4 pools, a spa, meetings and events spaces, a ballroom, as well as the first Club Med tennis academy in the Asia Pacific region.

The resort design will be inspired by numerous traditional Borneo ethnic cultures while
seamlessly integrating its structures with the surrounding rainforest, and feature plenty of spaces that is interconnected with nature, using local and sustainably sourced natural
materials. It will offer a wide range of unique sports, wellness, cultural and culinary activities, allowing guests to appreciate Borneo’s rich heritage and natural beauty, ranging from excursions highlighting Sabah’s diverse wildlife and ecosystem to a journey of discovery on Sabahan traditions and lifestyle.

The new Club Med property will allow guests to embark on hassle-free holidays with excellent value for money in Sabah, and concurrently cements Club Med’s unique position as the world leader in premium, all-inclusive holidays in the whole region.
Since 1950, Club Med has been known for its strong pioneering spirit, continually innovate its product offering to exceed consumer expectations and offer new experiences to its international clientele. Establishing new destinations is at the core of the company, being the first to build a resort in Cancun, Mexico; and in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, among other destinations.

Says Jean-Charles Fortoul, CEO of APAC Resorts, Club Med: “I am pleased to celebrate the new beginning of Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu, alongside elected representatives and our partners in Sabah. This marks a significant milestone highlighting Club Med’s pioneer spirit in seeking and creating tomorrow’s hotspots for upscale family holidays. With excellent accessibility to major Asian markets and the strategic geographical location of Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu will join our fleet of emblematic resorts settled as pioneers in now world-renowned destinations such as Bali, Maldives and Phuket in Asia.”

Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu is set to open in Sabah late 2022. Visit Club Med’s website to find out more .


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