Starwood veteran Michael Wale joined Kerzner International as CEO in February this year and will oversee the Dubai-based operator’s growth strategy over the coming years.
Amongst the group’s most exciting developments is The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, which is slated for a late 2019 opening. The resort will offer 231 residences and 795 new guest rooms and suites.
When it opens, The Royal Atlantis will join its mammoth, 1,539-room sister property Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, which remains one of the most popular destinations one the island. The hotel reported record occupancy rates of 96% in Q1 of 2018, and is in the middle of a US $100-million refurbishment that began last year.
Another Atlantis property — the $1.6 billion Atlantis Sanya — debuted in China this summer. Kerzner also signed an Atlantis resort in Hawaii. The 800-key Atlantis Ko Aline will be the “most expensive” resort in Hawaii, and will be located near Disney’s Aulani Hotel at Ko
Adding to its One&Only portfolio in Dubai, the group will open a new One&Only Urban Resorts in 2020. The property will be located within the One Za’abeel development in the Za’abeel district.
However, it’s not all great news — One&Only Al Seef, Bahrain, which was scheduled to open in 2017, and was then pushed to 2018, has now been cancelled, and will operated by Jumeirah Group, Hotelier Middle East has learned.
Another One&Only hotel was announced for Jeddah. However, Kerzner has not provided any further information on the matter and it’s not clear whether the hotel will still go ahead with its original opening schedule of 2019.
6 Number of months in the role
6 Number of months with the company
4 Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018
2 Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018