Grand Lion Group to operate hotel with Marriott International in Sihanoukville

Cambodian real estate company Grand Lion Group has inked a deal with Marriott International to manage and operate a new hotel in the stunning coastal city of Sihanoukville, located in Cambodia's southwest region and a 35-minute flight away from the capital Phnom Penh.

From left: Orlando Moreno, Vice-President of Development, GLG; Lundy Nath, Chairman and CEO of GLG; Kevin Chen, Senior Vice-President, Hotel Development, APAC, Marriott International; and Andree Susilo, Director, Hotel Development, APAC, Marriott International.

Artist's impression of Gold Coast@Sihanoukville with the Le Meridien Sihanoukville slated for opening in 2022.

Branded Le Meridien, the 388-room five-star hotel will comprise an all-day dining/open kitchen concept restaurant, a specialty restaurant, a rooftop bar with captivating views of the ocean and the outlying islands, state of the art fitness centre, wellness spa, meeting rooms and ballroom accommodating 400 people and an oceanfront beach club with infinity pools, restaurant and bar.

The hotel forms part of the US$200 million Gold Coast@Sihanoukville - a mega hotel and luxury residence complex - located on 1.67 hectares just 17km from the airport.

Towering 58 storeys, all 888 units in the stylishly designed Lyon D'or residence tower will enjoy panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand. Designed with an immersive plush resort experience for an upscale clientele with two levels of luxury retail podium, Lyon D'or will have a rooftop infinity pool, sky lounge, fitness centre, spa, recreation and multi-purpose rooms. Residents and their guests will also enjoy the facilities and services from room service to concierge at Le Meridien including access to the dining venues at the hotel and beach club.

The project will be designed by the award-winning Bangkok-based Tandem Architects 2001 and interior design firm JKY Concept. Plans are afoot to form a collaboration with a world renowned Italian luxury interior furnishings house to furnish Lyon D'or.  The residences will be exclusively marketed by Knight Frank, a global real estate consultancy that has sold some of the world's most iconic properties.

Named after its former king Norodom Sihanouk, Sihanoukville has evolved from a sleepy beach town and port city to one of Cambodia's premier beach destinations rich in natural beauty. Its close proximity to surrounding tropical islands and the Ream National Park has attracted a growing number of international visitors over the years.

Ground breaking is scheduled for January 2019 with date of opening slated for January 2022. The Gold Coast at Sihanoukville, built by Nath Land Development, a division of the Grand Lion Group, follows the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort in January 2018, the Group's first hotel property in the kingdom.

Mr Lundy Nath, Chairman and CEO of Grand Lion Group, said: "With the increasing growth in visits to Cambodia, the time is ripe for us to introduce a global hospitality brand in Sihanoukville. The region's unspoilt beaches, pristine waters and laid-back ambience will appeal to international visitors in search of a relaxing coastal getaway. Gold Coast at Sihanoukville will complement the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap and the nearby Angkor Archaeological Park by providing an extended stay for guests to explore another dimension of Cambodia. This mega project aims to be among the first to open a new chapter in luxury beach destination experiences in Sihanoukville."

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