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Dusit’s first Malaysian venture: managing new hotel in Gamuda Cove, opening 2026

Thursday, November 30, 2023

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Dusit Hotels and Resorts, the hotel division of Dusit International, a prominent Thai hotel and property development company, recently entered into a Hotel Management Agreement with Gamuda Land, the leading property developer in Malaysia. The collaboration involves the management of ASAI Gamuda Cove, marking Dusit’s inaugural hotel venture in Malaysia and Gamuda Land’s inaugural hotel development.

Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2026, ASAI Gamuda Cove is strategically located adjacent to the expansive Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands within Gamuda Cove’s meticulously planned surroundings. Covering 1,530 acres, Gamuda Cove will feature dynamic residential and commercial areas alongside eco-friendly tourism attractions, including the already operational SplashMania Waterpark and Discovery Park, all designed with sustainability and a minimal carbon footprint in mind. The hotel’s proximity to Kuala Lumpur airport (20 minutes by car) and the city center (40 minutes by car) enhances accessibility for both domestic and international travelers.

Operated under Dusit’s distinct locally focused lifestyle brand, ASAI Hotels, the 280-key ASAI Gamuda Cove hotel is the first property under Dusit’s expanded ‘ASAI Tropical’ model, specifically tailored for locations with exceptional natural beauty. Following the model of Dusit’s operational inner-city ASAI Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand, and Kyoto, Japan, ASAI Tropical hotels will offer compact yet thoughtful rooms, featuring essential amenities such as comfortable beds and rejuvenating showers. The model distinguishes itself by providing a wider range of facilities, including an infinity pool, additional dining venues, expanded event spaces, and various room categories, including spacious, family-friendly options.

Positioned in the southern region of the Gamuda Cove development, ASAI Gamuda Cove aims to create a sense of community by incorporating local identity into its design language. Surrounded by lush greenery, the hotel will seamlessly blend with the adjacent wetlands and a sprawling 90-acre Wetlands Arboretum directly accessible from the hotel.

Emphasizing Gamuda Cove’s commitment to sustainability, an innovative e-tram network, the first of its kind in Malaysia, will connect guests to key destinations within the development, such as Discovery Park, SplashMania Waterpark, and a pedestrian-only commercial hub. This initiative aims to reduce the reliance on motorized vehicles and minimize the carbon footprint. Regular community-based activities and events will provide guests with a unique immersion into local culture while promoting the importance of responsible tourism.

ASAI Gamuda Cove is poised to attract both domestic and international tourists seeking eco-tourism experiences, including visits to SplashMania Waterpark, Discovery Park, and Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands, with a target of welcoming 1 million visitors annually.

“To be entrusted with the management of the first hotel within the dynamic Gamuda Cove development truly is an honour, and we are delighted to partner with Gamuda Land to help bring their vision for their first-ever hotel project to life,” said Mr Gilles Cretallaz, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International. “With its stunning location and sustainable credentials, Gamuda Cove perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the ASAI brand, and we look forward to delivering a unique and unforgettable hotel experience that immerses guests in the diverse cultural tapestry of Malaysia and the natural beauty of the wetlands, all while contributing enduring value to our esteemed partners and the community we serve.”

Mr Eusoffe Chua, Chief Commercial Officer, Gamuda Land, said, “Gamuda Cove is a mindfully planned township development offering exciting eco-friendly tourism activities including adventure and water parks. The masterplan comprises residential and commercial elements, including schools, universities, medical centres, vibrant retail spaces and offices with convenient access to Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, and Kuala Lumpur. In our collaboration with Dusit, we are thrilled to align with a strategic partner that shares our unwavering commitment to creating interconnected spaces where everyone can seamlessly integrate their living, working and recreational experiences. The ASAI brand, with its focus on delivering unforgettable local experiences, precisely caters to the evolving needs of today’s local and international travellers. We eagerly anticipate a synergistic and enduring partnership as we invite guests to immerse themselves in the wonders of Gamuda Cove.”

Dusit’s property portfolio currently spans 19 countries and comprises 56 hotels operating under Dusit Hotels and Resorts and approximately 240 luxury villas under Elite Havens. More than 60 Dusit Hotels and Resorts are in the pipeline worldwide.

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