Malaysia’s YTL Hotels expands UK portfolio

YTL Hotels has acquired three properties in Edinburgh, Berkshire and London, strengthening the company’s market position in the United Kingdom. 

Edinburgh's Glasshouse Hotel.
Edinburgh’s Glasshouse Hotel.

“We have worked hard to build a brand that travellers from this region have grown to associate with best in class luxury accommodations, especially with The Gainsborough Bath Spa and Niseko Village properties that are very popular amongst Singaporean travellers,” said Dato’ Mark Yeoh, executive director of YTL Hotels. “With Singaporeans taking up to six trips a year and yet still feeling vacation-deprived, we are well‐placed to offer a sense of home when Singaporeans are abroad.”

The property acquisition in Edinburgh attests to YTL Hotels’ long‐standing relationship with Marriott International since 1995 through the ownership, management and future development of seven properties: Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, Brisbane Marriott Hotel, Melbourne Marriott Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, The Ritz‐Carlton Koh Samui – Thailand and the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Niseko Village – Japan.

The Glasshouse Hotel, a part of the Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, is already an award-winning 77‐room luxury boutique hotel with a secret rooftop garden, and was once the Lady Glenorchy Church built in the mid-19th century. The iconic hotel with its unique 230-year history sits at the heart of the city centre providing easy access for business and leisure travellers.

The second acquisition, Monkey Island, is a centuries-old retreat in Bray-on‐Thames, Berkshire, that nestles on an island in the River Thames surrounded by stunning gardens and accessible only by a footbridge or boat. The village of Bray needs no introduction amongst the coterie of global gourmets, as it is possibly the only village in the world that lays claim to having four Michelin-starred restaurants and gastro-pubs.  The stately retreat will be redesigned by the award‐winning New York-based Champalimaud Design, which orchestrated distinctive interior design projects for The Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Green Leaf Niseko Village, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, The Carlyle in New York and The Dorchester in London, to name a few. A 10‐minute drive from Windsor and less than an hour from central London, the revitalized estate will offer the perfect setting for weddings, getaways, spa retreats or just relaxed dining by the picturesque river.

The Academy Hotel, comprising of five restored Georgian townhouses combined into one charming hotel, is centrally located in London’s West End, within a stone’s throw from The British Museum, fine restaurants, and world‐famous shopping streets. The boutique hotel will undergo a full refurbishment that is reflective of YTL Hotels’ steadfast commitment to respect the cultural and natural heritage inherent in each property it owns and operates, with exacting quality standards, service and operational excellence, as evidenced by its resorts on Gaya Island Resort, Tanjong Jara Resort in Malaysia, and Spa Village Resort at Tembok Bali.

These latest acquisitions mark YTL Hotels’ global portfolio expansion to a total of 29 assets with a footprint across Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, China, France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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