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Upcoming Property by HPL Hotels & Resorts to Reflect a New Generation Lifestyle

( 16th August 2007, Singapore – HPL Hotels & Resorts, a hospitality management company owned by Singapore public-listed company Hotel Properties Limited (HPL) will manage its second resort in the sunny paradise of The Maldives.

Currently under construction in the Maldives, Kandooma Island, from which the resort takes its name, is located on the South Male Atoll. It can be reached by a 30-minute speedboat trip. The resort will feature 160 villas ranging from standard to duplex and over-water units. The island’s name is derived from the Kandoo trees which flourish in healthy numbers.

Kandooma will feature several spectacular high-domed buildings that contain the reception and restaurant complexes. The domes, nestled in a lush tropical landscape, are inspired by sea barnacles and showcase high ceilings, natural light, fresh air and a sense of being outside even when indoors. Accommodations for guests are housed in white-washed, wood structures that are unique in design and uncluttered. Most villas have views of the turquoise blue waters for which the Maldives are most famous.

Kandooma aims to offer a fresh alternative to the traditional Maldivian holiday. While scuba enthusiasts can expect essential comforts that do not eat into precious diving budgets, there will also be the choice of an upscale experience for those who want to spoil themselves. All guests are likely to be pleasantly surprised with some of the planned features and services, many of which may probably not be expected in a traditional hotel or resort operations.

“The growing popularity of the Maldives as a leisure destination has been tremendous and we are most excited to introduce this new concept that will cater to the expectations of the urbane traveller who comes to The Maldives looking for a holiday experience that mirrors their lifestyle,” said Ms Karen Chan, Marketing Communications Manager for HPL Hotels & Resorts. “We are confident that many of these people will appreciate the amenities and services that are going to be offered on this resort island.”

Conceptualized to be a place where guests come to unwind and relax, Kandooma greets guests with an informal and friendly welcome, making them want to kick off their shoes and enjoy the sensation of fine sand between their toes as soon as they come ashore. Fringed by sparkling white beaches and turquoise lagoons of clear, warm waters and coral reefs that teem with marine flora and fauna, the island is especially popular amongst scuba divers for its close proximity to some of the best dives on walls, channels, caves and sea mounts in The Maldives, making it a marine haven for both diving and snorkeling. Kandooma also offers keen surfers consistent and quality reef breaks on the eastern side of the island, where it faces the open sea.

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About HPL Hotels & Resorts

Headquartered in Singapore, HPL Hotels & Resorts currently manages the activities of eight hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region. The hospitality management company, wholly owned by Singapore public-listed company Hotel Properties Limited (HPL), currently manages the activities of eight hotels and resorts with a total of 2,400 rooms in the Asia-Pacific region. These include Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, Concorde Inn Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Hard Rock Hotels in Bali – Indonesia and Pattaya – Thailand, Casa del Mar in Langkawi – Malaysia, The Lakehouse in Cameron Highlands – Malaysia and Rihiveli Beach Resort in Maldives.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Karen Chan – Marketing Communications Manager
Tel: (65) 6735 2811

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