Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Swiss-Garden's 5-star rating

Swiss-Garden aims for 5-star rating

KUANTAN: Swiss-Garden Resort and Spa Kuantan, located in Sungai Karang here, is investing RM8mil to upgrade its sea-facing rooms and several facilities.

The project will be carried out in two phases for completion in February.

According to its financial controller Quek Kooi Heng, construction would begin in two weeks and phase one would include work to upgrade the 124 sea-facing guest rooms at Zones A and C.
“Renovations are carried out in these units because they generate higher yields.
“Guests will always prefer rooms with sea view,” he said after a press preview on the new-look rooms and other facilities recently.

Other areas to get a new look were the lobby, entrance and coffee house, and would include a unique water feature with cascading water from the lobby to the coffee house, he said.
Quek said the resort would add a fine-dining restaurant offering western food and guests would have the choice of dining in an enclosed, air-conditioned area or al fresco.

On the second phase, Quek said it would involve the Beach Bar, to be relaunched as “Chill”.
The resort had also taken measures to limit disturbances to guests such as noise, dust and use of heavy machinery, he said.

“Disruption is limited to the relocation of the coffee house to the Hisbiscus Room on the ground floor.

“All services will operate as usual with no change to the opening hours and menu selection,” Quek said.

Once all upgrading work was completed, the resort would work towards raising its current four-star rating to five-star, with the target set at mid-2007, he said.

Quek said the renovated rooms would be priced 30% higher than current rates while the 176 non-sea view rooms would also see rates rising by 10% to 20% as the guests would also be able to enjoy better services and facilities after the upgrading exercise.

Swiss-Garden Resort and Spa Kuantan is part of the hotel division under developer PJ Development Holdings Bhd.

PJ Development owns two resorts in Kuantan and Damai Laut in Perak; two inns in Sungai Petani, Kedah and Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur; and a city hotel in Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.

News Source : STAR

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