By Andy Sambidge
Hotel operator signs management agreement for hotel which is expected to open in 2018
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel operator, has signed a management agreement to operate a luxury resort in Mauritius.
The hotel is currently under development and expected to open in 2018, the Dubai Holding company said in a statement.
Designed by internationally renowned architects, the hotel will be set on 68.5 hectares of land and located approximately 50km from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.
Jumeirah said the property will include all-day dining and specialty restaurants, lounge and poolside bars, meeting and events space, spa facilities, a swimming pool, health club, children's facilities and a teen club.
Gerald Lawless, president and CEO of Jumeirah Group, said: "We are delighted to be expanding our portfolio of hotels and resorts to embrace the beautiful island of Mauritius.
"Our track record in delivering the very best in luxury hospitality, combined with the success of our two other tropical island resorts - Jumeirah Vittaveli and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives - fills us with confidence that our guests will warmly welcome the addition of a property in Mauritius."
Jumeirah Group currently operates 22 luxury hotels and serviced apartments, including 11 in the Gulf region, eight in Europe and three in Asia. A further 17 hotels are now under development.
Earlier this month, Jumeirah announced that it has seen "strong occupancy" during the first quarter of 2014, building on what it has called a "stellar year" in 2013.
Jumeirah Group reported that consolidated group revenues grew by 8 percent in 2013 while total revenues under management went up by 11 percent.
In 2013, occupancy and average room rates across the company's owned and leased portfolio grew by five percent.
During 2013, Jumeirah Group signed management agreements to operate a hotel in St Petersburg, Russia, and two hotels in a luxury resort on the coast of Oman, near Muscat. Both are scheduled to open in 2016.
The company also signed a series of letters of understanding in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe during 2013 which are expected to mature into management agreements in 2014 to add to an already robust pipeline of new developments.