Sentosa hotel to get major makeover

Sentosa hotel to get major makeover
(From left) Mr Bobby Hiranandani and Mr Asok Kumar Hiranandani of Royal Group Development, and Accor Asia Pacific's Michael Issenberg. Royal Group has appointed Accor to manage the hotel.

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa will be redeveloped as a Sofitel property, to be unveiled next year after extensive refurbishment, Royal Group Development said yesterday.

The group bought the beachside hotel, formerly known as The Sentosa - A Beaufort Hotel, for $210.85 million from Hong Kong-based HKR International last year.

The hotel has been temporarily renamed The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa.

Royal Group, controlled by Mr Asok Kumar Hiranandani and his son Bobby, appointed Accor - which owns the Sofitel brand - to manage the hotel.

"We are confident that this property will be a key strategic landmark in Sentosa, and will be established as one of the top luxury resorts in Singapore and the region when it is transformed," said Mr Bobby Hiranandani, managing director of Royal Group.

The property will remain operational as it undergoes an extensive refurbishment lasting 12 to 18 months, before being unveiled in the second half of next year as Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa.

The new hotel will target luxury travellers, Royal Group said.

The property will have 215 keys, including suites and villas.

Spa Botanica will be transformed into an exclusive So Spa featuring outdoor spa pavilions and a spa garden, the group said in a statement.

Royal Group plans to spend more than $20 million on the renovation, Mr Bobby Hiranandani told The Straits Times on the sidelines of a briefing yesterday.

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