Hilton to plant DoubleTree brand in Malaysia’s Damai Laut

Hilton's Guy Philips (second from left) and OSK's Ong Ju Yan (second from right) at the signing

Hilton will introduce its DoubleTree by Hilton brand in Damai Laut, Malaysia, through a conversion of the existing Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut.

Set to open in 2020, the 291-room DoubleTree by Hilton Damai Laut Resort will be the first internationally-branded resort managed by Hilton in Damai Laut, offering views of the Strait of Malacca and Pangkor Island.

Hilton’s Guy Philips (second from left) and OSK’s Ong Ju Yan (second from right) at the signing

Located within 172ha of lush greenery, DoubleTree by Hilton Damai Laut Resort will offer five dining outlets including an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant and a beach restaurant. The property also boasts a mini water park, an 18-hole golf course with direct access to the beachfront, plus meetings and events facilities including a 1,860m2 event space and an 885m2 ballroom.

Shawn McAteer, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, sees “huge potential” for Damai Laut “to be the next resort destination of choice for domestic travellers”, as the coastal town boasts rich historical heritage and is one of the key gateways to the surrounding islands including Pangkor Island and Marina Island.

In Malaysia, Hilton currently operates 11 properties across three key brands – Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn. Over the next three to five years, the company is targeting to open seven hotels in its pipeline, including four hotels under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand as well as the introduction of two new brands in the market, luxury brand Conrad Hotels & Resorts and lifestyle brand Canopy by Hilton.

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