Avani Hotels and Resorts plans second Malaysian hotel

Avani Kota Kinabalu Hotel, Sabah, Malaysia. Photo credit: Minor Hotels (Avani Hotels and Resorts signed an agreement with KTI Property to manage an Avani hotel in Sabah, Malaysia's capital Kota Kinabalu.)

Avani Hotels and Resorts plans to add a second Malaysian hotel, this one in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, Malaysia, after signing a management agreement with KTI Property.

The 378-room, new-build Avani Kota Kinabalu Hotel is slated to open in fourth-quarter 2021 as part of a mixed-use development that will include retail, office and condominium components. The complex is near Kota Kinabalu International Airport, UNESCO World Heritage Site Mount Kinabalu and Kinabalu National Park.

The hotel joins a pipeline of 13 projects, including a second Avani in Australia, the 456-unit Avani Central Melbourne Residences; the Avani Hotel Suites & Branded Residences in Dubai, UAE; and the Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel in Thailand.

The Dubai property, which is currently under development by UAE-based Alfahim, will have 527 guestrooms, 263 Avani Residences and 264 serviced apartments when it opens in 2020. U.S.-based AECOM is designing the property. Bangkok's third Avani property will be a new-build hotel with 382 guestrooms and will be part of the Century The Movie Plaza 2 retail development.

Avani Hotels and Resorts is a brand of Minor Hotel Group, which operates 23 hotels and resorts in 15 countries in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, including the Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort in Malaysia. The company recently added new Avani hotels in Australia, New Zealand and Laos. The 53-room hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos opened in March following the rebranding of the Azerai Hotel.