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YTL Hotels expands luxury portfolio in the United Kingdom

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YTL Hotels has announced the expansion of  its  luxury  portfolio  with  the  recent  acquisition  of  three  properties  in  Edinburgh,  Berkshire  and London, strengthening the company’s presence within the United Kingdom.
The company’s current portfolio in the United Kingdom encompasses The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the sole hotel to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection in Bath and offering the only natural thermal spa within a hotel in the United Kingdom, and Muse Bray Cottages, an exclusive collection of three bespoke private residences in Berkshire.
YTL Hotels’ expanded stable of iconic properties in the United Kingdom is set to offer more unique and unrivalled experiences for discerning travellers.

Dato’  Mark  Yeoh,  Executive  Director  of YTL  Hotels  commented,  “I am delighted  to welcome  these  new properties into the YTL Hotels fold. We will be undertaking exciting enhancements to each property and its offerings to elevate their value in line with our best of class standards. Last year, we opened The Gainsborough Bath Spa, our first classic hotel in the United Kingdom, and it has done us proud by exemplifying the same tradition of excellence known for in Pangkor Laut Resort - Malaysia and all the properties within our portfolio.  Our core philosophy of not just building properties but crafting inspired experiences for guests will guide us in our enhancement and development plans for these newly acquired properties.”  

The property acquisition in Edinburgh attests to YTL Hotels’ long standing relationship with Marriott International since 1995  through  the  ownership  management of five luxurious properties around the world:  Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, Brisbane Marriott Hotel, Melbourne  Marriott Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur and JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, as well as the future development of The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui - Thailand and the first Ritz-Carlton  Reserve in Niseko Village - Japan.  

Three new additions to the YTL Hotels’ portfolio will include the following:
The Glasshouse Hotel, a part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, is already an award-winning 77-room luxury boutique hotel with a secret rooftop garden and was once the Lady Glenorchy Church built in the mid-19th century. The iconic hotel with its unique 230-year history sits at the heart of the city centre providing easy access for business and leisure travellers.

The second acquisition, Monkey Island, is a centuries old retreat in Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire that nestles on an island in the River Thames surrounded by stunning gardens and accessible only by a footbridge or boat. The village of Bray needs no introduction amongst the coterie of global gourmets as it is possibly the only village in the world that lays claim to having four Michelin-starred restaurants and gastro-pubs.

The stately retreat will be redesigned by the award-winning New York-based Champalimaud  Design  who orchestrated  distinctive  interior design  projects  for The Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Green Leaf Niseko Village, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, The Carlyle in New York and the Dorchester in London, to name a few. A 10-minute drive from Windsor and less than an hour away from central London, the revitalised estate will offer an ideal setting for weddings, getaways, spa retreats or simply relaxed dining by the picturesque river.

The Academy Hotel comprising of a collection of five restored Georgian townhouses combined into one charming hotel, is centrally located in London’s West End within a stone’s throw from The British Museum, surrounded by fine restaurants and world famous shopping streets. The boutique hotel will undergo a full refurbishment  that  is  reflective  of  YTL  Hotels’  steadfast  commitment  to  respect  the  cultural  and natural  heritage  inherent  in each  property  it owns  and  operates,  with  exacting  quality  standards, service and operational excellence.  

These latest acquisitions mark YTL Hotels’ global portfolio expansion to a total of 29 assets with a footprint across Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, China, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. This dynamic luxury brand continues to offer travellers compelling, standout experiences and authentic encounters that resonate with each destination.

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