Travellers heading to Bali or Vietnam in the next few years will be happy to hear Meliá Hotels International is launching three new projects this year in the destinations.
Sol House Kuta Bali and Sol House Jimbaran – both in Bali – will come under the Meliá umbrella, expanding the Spanish hotel and shared ownership brand’s property portfolo in Asia Pacific.
The other hotel, Sol House Phu Quoc, will be the very first Sol hotel in the Vietnam, which has become something of a rising star destination recently, making the No. 4 spot in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Best Destinations in the World for 2015.
Asia is a hot destination right now, with visitor numbers outpacing most other parts of the world. According to the World Trade Organisation, tourist arrivals to Asia and the Pacific grew by 5% last year and while Bali has long been a favourite for long haul travellers who want to get away from the Western pace of life, Vietnam has seen a sharp rise in visitors in the past couple of years, emerging as a new long distance favourite.
In fact just this month, TripAdvisor announced its Top 25 Best Destinations for 2015, according to TripAdvisor Travellers Choice feedback – Hanoi, Vietnam made the No. 4 spot, after Marrakech, Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Istanbul, outshining Sydney, New York and Paris as favourite destinations. Meanwhile, another up and coming destination, Ubud in Indonesia, took the No. 15 slot.
In Indonesia the two new Meliá hotels are Sol House Kuta Bali and Sol House Jimbaran which will both be completely renovated. Sol House Kuta Bali has 132 rooms and is located in one of Bali’s most popular destinations. The renovation will happen over the coming months to reflect a design ethic/lifestyle concept for young travellers.
The Indonesian island of Bali is depicted by its forested volcanic mountains, much photographed rice paddies, idyllic uncrowded beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious landmarks including the cliff-side Uluwatu Temple. Each part of the island has a different feel, with the beachside city of Kuta full of lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are among the best known resort towns. The island is a favourite destination for yoga fans, with a number of holistic and yoga retreats here for travellers and timeshare owners who want a complete change of pace, away from the stresses and deadlines of the 9-5 lifestyle.
Sol House Jimbaran, also in Bali, has 178 rooms. This new build condo hotel will open its doors in 2018. Both hotels will be suitable for families, with children’s activities available in a full service on-site offering including restaurants, pools, spa therapies and meeting rooms for business travellers..
Meanwhile over in Vietnam, the Sol House Phu Quoc is set on the largest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc, an emerging holiday destination in the Pacific region which has been gaining popularity recently. The hotel is a four-star resort with 200 rooms and 26 villas located on an idyllic beach in perfect harmony with nature and its surroundings. Phu Quoc island is 50km from the Vietnamese mainland and a 50-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. The new resort is slated to open in 2016.