ClubMed in Lombok has announced its plans for 2018 and the near future which include opening a new resort in Indonesia among other countries.
ClubMed in Lombok will sit on the preserved Indonesian island to the east of Bali and will serve as a destination well-suited for families, couples and business groups looking for a beach getaway. The new property will offer eco-chic designed, 350 rooms and a new 5-Trident Luxury Space. The resort will aim at offering a complete immersion into Indonesian traditions and cultures, offering views of the island, water and land activities, meetings and events spaces as well as international cuisines.
Hospitality investors and operators TTG Asia interviewed over the years were often quick to paint Lombok as an up-and-coming destination with a bright future, but in reality they would adopt a wait-and-see stand when it comes to actual investment on the ground.
Seeing this, Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), which spearheaded Mandalika’s development in 2015, took the initiative to invest in hotels by working together with state-owned developers Wijaya Karya and Pembangunan Perumahan, as well as international operators Accor (for the Pullman brand) and Club Med. Both hotels are now under construction with a targeted opening in 2020.
Henri Giscard d’Estaing, CEO of Club Med, said in a statement regarding the Lombok property: “We foresee ClubMed in Lombok to receive a high volume of international attention and clients, and raise global awareness for Lombok as a premium holiday destination.”
Abdulbar Mansoer, president director of ITDC, said: “By investing in these hotels, we expect international travellers, hotel operators and investors to develop properties in Mandalika.”
ITDC’s hotel investment strategy, which comes on top of the government’s incentives for investors – like providing land title for up to 80 years and one-stop licencing office on site – appears to have built up the confidence of hospitality investors and operators.
Edwin Darmasetiawan, director of ITDC said: “Today, we have 2,500 hotel rooms in the pipeline within the next five years, attracting international investors (among others) from the US, South Korea and France.”
Other hotels coming up in the pipeline include Royal Tulip, Aloft, Mysk by Shaza and Shaza hotels.