GEORGE TOWN: International hospitality brand Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is poised to make its entry into Malaysia with the opening of a new property in Penang.
The 250-roomed Angsana Teluk Bahang, Penang will soft open tomorrow on the island, in Teluk Bahang.
Managed by the Banyan Tree Group, Angsana operates more than 15 resorts and hotels, over 40 spas and 40 retail galleries globally.
Its soft opening is expected to give a boost to domestic travel and tourism especially in Penang, which has seen the closure of a number of hotels, reportedly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The resort’s development came about with a vision of drawing inspiration from the rich Penang Peranakan Baba Nyonya heritage,” general manager Nigel Fisher said in a statement.
He said the sea-fronting resort’s architecture and interior design would incorporate the vibrant colours and intricate floral with geometric patterns of the Straits Eclectic Style, as well as pay tribute to Penang’s status of being a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation world heritage destination.
“For the soft-opening phase of the resort on October 10, our Jendela All Day Dining Restaurant and Chill Lobby Lounge will be the two outlets in operation,” the statement said.
The Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts SafeSanctuary Programme protocols will be incorporated to the outlets to ensure that strict hygiene standards are in place for all guests.
“In compliance with current regulations, breakfast will be offered in a serviced buffet-style.
“To ensure physical distancing, the food items ordered will be served by the resort’s food and beverage servers to guests at their tables,” the resort said.
The Senja Aman Wellness Center which will include a fully-equipped fitness centre and Angsana Spa, is set to open in the first quarter of 2021.
“For the soft-opening phase, Angsana Spa will operate with four treatment rooms,” the resort said.
In preparation for the return of travel, the Banyan Tree Group has partnered with French testing, inspection and certification specialist, Bureau Veritas, to codevelop a proprietary label and set of protocols, and launched its SafeSanctuary Programme.
The programme which has been rolled out progressively from June this year throughout all the group’s properties, is described as an integrated health and wellbeing programme that incorporates protocols of assurance and wellbeing standards for its employees and guests.
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