The first international-class hotel opens in Malé, the capital city of the Maldives. Holiday Inn Malé, which sports the look-and-feel, service, and quality facilities of the new Holiday Inn brand, welcomed its first guests at 2 pm yesterday.
“As the newest hotel and the first international-class property in Malé, I am confident that Holiday Inn Malé will do extremely well. Holiday Inn Malé aims to be the ideal business and leisure connection for our guests to the Maldives,” said general manager Brett Wilson. “We are also fully in line with the standards of the global Holiday Inn relaunch, joining over 1,000 other hotels around the world that sports the new Holiday Inn brand standards and contemporary new logo.”
Holiday Inn Malé offers world-class meetings and conference facilities, food and beverage outlets, extensive recreation and leading-edge communication facilities, and commands an unrivaled view of the habor. A mere five-minute speedboat ride from the international airport, Holiday Inn Malé will be ferrying guests in the first-ever speedboat.
Located on the corner of Ameer Ahmed Magu, Holiday Inn Malé lies near the harbor front, shops, and markets and within a short walking distance to the various historical places of interest like the Old Friday Mosque, Sultan Park, and The Presidential Palace. The hotel provides the perfect gateway to holiday-makers heading out to outlying resort islands.
Holiday Inn Malé boasts 117 stylish rooms, including 17 Superior Rooms, 77 Deluxe Rooms, 13 Deluxe Ocean view Rooms, 9 Premiere Rooms, and a Presidential Suite. All rooms feature either a king bed or two twin beds and offer amenities such as broadband Internet, LCD TVs, minibar, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, and in-room safes. As for dining and entertainment, there is a Lobby Café, an all-day dining restaurant, a roof-top restaurant offering European/Japanese fusion cuisine, and 24-hour, in-room dining.
The hotel also has a rooftop swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness center, and the first branded Spa in Malé, Coconut Spa. Other full-range activities include scuba diving and snorkeling, big game fishing, island excursions and picnics, Malé city tour, photo flights, resort day visits, submarine trips, and others.
For corporate meetings, there are four versatile meeting rooms including the Grand Ballroom offering 255 square meters of space, all equipped with the latest technology. They provide the ideal space for a range of function requirements: from seminars, board meetings and exhibitions, to wedding banquets and private celebrations catering for up to 180 persons, banquet style, or 240 for a reception.
The hotel is currently in its soft-opening phase with 39 rooms opened for booking. By October, the full facilities at Holiday Inn Malé will be available.
As the first Holiday Inn in the Maldives, this is another milestone for the iconic Holiday Inn brand. Currently, Holiday Inn is undergoing a global relaunch program, the biggest rebranding exercise in hospitality that will result in a completely refreshed estate worldwide by 2010.