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Wednesday, December 07 2022 - 00:32
Dubai-based DAMAC Group signs contract with Mandarin Oriental to manage luxurious resort in The Maldives
CANNES, France, December 6, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

- 34-hectare resort is DAMAC Group's first project in the Maldives

- Hotel adds to DAMAC's prestigious portfolio which has been successfully 
expanding internationally

- DAMAC Group's partnerships with renowned brands such as Mandarin Oriental is 
a testament to its brand equity and position in the market

Announced at the International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes France (ILTM), 
the Dubai based DAMAC Group, under its property development arm DAMAC 
Properties — one of the region's foremost luxury real estate developers, has 
signed a contract with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to operate a new resort on 
a group of private islands in The Maldives.

The 34-hectare luxury resort, which is currently under development and is 
scheduled to open in 2025, will be DAMAC Group's first foray in the tourist 
islands, known for its premium five-star offerings.

The Indian Ocean resort stretches across three private islands on Bolidhuffaru 
Reef in South Male Atoll, accessed by an easy 20-minute speedboat ride from 
Male's Velana international airport.

Surrounded by white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs for which The Maldives 
is renowned, the resort will provide a picturesque backdrop from where guests 
can enjoy a variety of activities including culinary experiences through 
various specialty restaurants around the island in addition to wellness 
retreats and water sports.

The Mandarin Oriental Bolidhuffaru Reef's accommodation comprises 130 
stand-alone villas, made up of 61 overwater villas and 66 beachfront villas, 
including 10 branded residences. Ranging in size from 100 to 600 square metres 
(internal), the villas will be some of the largest in the market, each 
providing exclusivity and seclusion, with private pools and beautiful ocean 
views. The Group is working with a number of international consultants to 
ensure sustainability best practises are followed in all stages of the 

Seven dining outlets, including three speciality restaurants and an exclusive 
dining venue along with a pool bar will ensure that guests have a varied choice 
of cuisines during their stay.

In addition, creative indoor and outdoor event spaces will provide unique 
locations for meetings, social gatherings and weddings. 

Spacious wellness facilities will be located in the resort's tropical gardens, 
and will include 12 treatment suites, vitality pools, sauna and steam rooms as 
well as a beauty salon. Mandarin Oriental's expert team of wellness 
practitioners will offer tailored experiences and the Group's signature 

Additional leisure activities will include a water sports and a dive centre, 
tennis courts, a world class kids and teens club designed by international 
consultants, a swimming pool and numerous private coves and beaches to explore.

"The DAMAC brand is synonymous with luxury products and service, and we felt 
The Maldives was a perfect location for us. DAMAC has extended its global 
footprint outside of the Middle East, from the UK to Canada, and we are 
thrilled to have now reached The Maldives as well. We look forward to working 
with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to manage our new resort on this beautiful 
island," Hussain Sajwani, Chairman and founder of the DAMAC Group said.

"We are continuously entering into partnerships with established world class 
brands that mirror DAMAC's reputation and standards for luxury offerings and 
are confident that Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will excel in its mandate," 
Sajwani added.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some 
of the world's most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from 
its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 36 hotels and seven 
residences in 24 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the 
Group's oriental heritage and unique sense of place.

Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under 
development and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

"Mandarin Oriental is focused on developing its resort portfolio and has been 
looking to enter The Maldives for some time. This project represents the right 
opportunity for the Group" said James Riley, Chief Executive of Mandarin 
Oriental Hotel Group.

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SOURCE: Damac Properties