Friday, June 13, 2008

St Regis Opening in KL in 2014

St Regis, the luxury hotel chain, will make its debut in Malaysia by 2014 with the six-star St Regis Kuala Lumpur which will have at least 200 guest rooms and 200 branded residences under an agreement signed with a local developer.

Starwood Hotels & Resort Worldwide Inc, which will operate the hotel, Thursday signed the management agreement with ONE IFC Hotel Sendirian Berhad and ONE IFC Residences Sendirian Berhad, both of which are subsidiaries of property group ONE IFC Sendirian Berhad.

ONE IFC is 60 per cent owned by CMY Capital Serndirian Berhad, with another 30 per cent held by listed Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad and 10 per cent by Jitra Perkasa Sendirian Berhad.

"The agreement signed Thursday is proof that Kuala Lumpur is ready to welcome a brand whose reputation for luxury is incomparable," ONE IFC's chief executive officer, Carmen Chua, said at the signing ceremony here.

She said the St Regis Kuala Lumpur and The Residence at the St Regis Kuala Lumpur, which would also have spa, gourmet dining and meeting facilities, would be housed in a single mixed-use development called ONE IFC. She did not disclose the total cost of the project.

"The company's commitment to the ONE IFC project, despite current economic uncertainty, the sub-prime meltdown, inflation and rising construction costs demonstrates its confidence in the Malaysian economy and the country," Chua said.

ONE IFC will be a landmark defining the KL Sentral development project in the Malaysian capital just as the Petronas Twin Towers defines the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) area, according to Chua.

It will be situated on Lot C of KL Sentral which is directly opposite the National Museum and Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens.

New York-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP has been appointed architect for the ONE IFC project.

ONE IFC Sdn Bhd has signed an agreement that will see the world-renowned St Regis brand make its entry into Malaysia.

The six-star St Regis hotel, which is scheduled to open its doors in 2014, will be built on Lot C at KL Sentral. The St Regis Kuala Lumpur will feature a minimum 200 hotel rooms and 200 whole ownership units or residences.

“Our vision and aspirations are to create a development that would redefine luxury, and one that would raise the benchmarks of Malaysian real estate to that of international standards,” ONE IFC chief executive officer Carmen Chua told reporters at the signing with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc yesterday.

Starwood is a world leading hotel and leisure company with about 900 properties in 100 countries. Apart from the St Regis brand, Starwood manages other brands such as Le Meridien, Westin, Sheraton and The Luxury Collection.

The St Regis brand is over 100 years old and the St Regis Kuala Lumpur will feature the hallmark of the St Regis hotel – butler service and luxury accommodation.

Mustafa Kemal Abadan, design partner of the world-famous architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), will design the hotel, residence and office tower.

SOM’s portfolio of over 800 design awards includes the Freedom Tower, which is the redevelopment of the World Trade Centre in New York, and the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest tower, in the United Arab Emirates.

“The sustained demand for luxury accommodation, the renowned Malaysian hospitality, combined with the legendary bespoke service of the St Regis brand, and the unrivalled location of this hotel in the exclusive urban centre of KL Sentral, will make this property an extremely attractive choice for travellers to Kuala Lumpur,” said Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific president Miguel Ko.

ONE IFC is 60% owned by CMY Capital Sdn Bhd, 30% by Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd and 10% by Jitra Perkasa Sdn Bhd.

Construction of the ONE IFC hotel, residence and office tower development is expected to be financed by the shareholders funds and begin in 2010.

Chua also said the ONE IFC’s commitment to the project represented its confidence in the Malaysia economy despite the current climate of uncertainty, inflation and rising costs.

She said the final costing and the subsequent gross development value of the project would only be determined after the building was designed.

Source : NST Star
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