Thailand’s Minor moves into North Africa

A one-bedroom suite at the new Anantara Tozeur Resort in Tunisia
A one-bedroom suite at the new Anantara Tozeur Resort in Tunisia

Thailand’s Minor Hotel Group has signed a new agreement that will lead to the launch of its first Anantara resorts in North Africa.

The company has penned a partnership with Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company to develop two new Anantara resorts, located in Tunisia and Morocco. Both are expected to open in 2017.

“Our Anantara brand is now well established in the Middle East, with six properties in the UAE and our first resort in Qatar opened earlier this year, and we are keen to add North Africa to our footprint,” said Dillip Rajakarier, Minor’s CEO.

“These two new resorts will help further develop luxury tourism within these destinations. We are looking forward to a strong alliance with Qatari Diar going forward, with scope to explore additional opportunities to expand our portfolio in the wider MENA region,” he added.

In Tunisia, Minor will manage the Anantara Tozeur Resort; a new-build property set in the desert oasis town of Tozeur, southwest Tunisia. The resort will offer 93 rooms, including pool villas, plus restaurants and bars, meeting facilities, kids’ clubs, a health club and spa.

Also under development is the Anantara Al Houara Tangier Resort in northern Morocco. The hotel will form part of the Al Houara project in Tangier, which is set along a 2.5km beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Anantara resort will include 230 rooms, restaurants and bars, a large spa, fitness centre and kids’ clubs. It will also be located close to an 18-hole golf course.

“Qatari Diar is building signature projects and facilitating vibrant new communities on an unprecedented scale,” said Khaled Mohammed Al Sayed, group CEO of Qatari Diar. “We aim at creating distinguished developments not only in Qatar but around the world and our partnership today with MHG, one of the largest hospitality and leisure companies in the Asia Pacific Region, goes in the same direction.”

Minor currently manages a portfolio of 126 hotels and resorts in 22 countries. As well as Anantara, it operates the Avani, Per Aquum, Oaks, Tivoli and Elewana brands.

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