Area Designs, Kenneth Tan, Alan Wong collaborate on Alila Dalit Bay

Alila Hotels and Resorts announced the scheduled opening in the third quarter of 2016 of the Alila Dalit Bay resort, an eco-luxury lifestyle resort currently under development in Borneo’s Dalit Bay area near the South China Sea.

Alila Dalit Bay Sabah will boast the design of three architectural firms, namely Area Designs, Kenneth Tan Design Architect (KTDA) and Alan Wong Design Network. Area Designs has experience in hospitality, masterplanning and residential projects. KTDA is an architectural firm established in 2010. Meanwhile, Alan Wong Design Network is an architectural and interior design practice established in 2002.

Singapore-based architect Cheong Yew Kuan of Area Designs is leading the development team. The project also involves landscape architect Chang Huai-Yan of Salad Dressing, and interior designers Paul Semple and Matthew Shang of Distillery Studio.


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Alila Dalit Bay Sabah will be located on the island’s northern coast overlooking 17 acres of foreshore; and will be 40 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu and 90 minutes from Mount Kinabalu, one of Southeast Asia’s highest peak. The beachfront resort will have a 152-guestroom/suite hotel with various dining options, sky lounge and bar, spa, kid’s club, library, boutiques, swimming pools, outdoor wedding chapel and an event center.

The 74 villas for private ownership are set within a secluded five-hectare estate, spaciously planned around gardens, forests and water features – each with direct access to the beach and lagoon with panoramic Mengkabong River views. The villas will be inspired by Borneo’s longhouses and culture, boasting a palette of local woods, off-form concrete, woven rattan, painted screens and tribal artifacts.

The hotel’s suites will have panoramic ocean views and beach frontage. The resort will also introduce one and two bedroom luxury villas with direct beach outlook and access to a lagoon with panoramic views across Borneo’s Mengkabong River.

One-bedroom villas, measuring 2,723 square feet, will have living and bedroom areas that open fully on both sides to private gardens, overlooking a private pool, deck and shaded terrace. The two-bedroom villas, measuring 5,231 square feet, will have a long main wing (living, dining and bedroom) with a separate master suite overlooking a swimming pool. The buildings form an L shape around a large internal garden with decks, lounge pavilion and outdoor furniture.

Alila manages city hotels and resorts in India and the Asia Pacific region.

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