The design hotel group Alila- originally from Singapore but now under the US group Commune Hotels & Resorts- is expanding in Southeast Asia with its first property in Cambodia this year before moving into Malaysia in 2018.
Alila has been around for 20 years and was one of the first in Southeast Asia to match a contemporary design-oriented style with luxury in mostly boutique hotels. In 2014, a strategic partnership was created with Commune which finally turned into integrating the Singapore-based Alila into Commune’s portfolio, along other brands such as Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels and tommie. Alila continues however to follow its concept of having properties with a stylish architecture, a stricking design and strict eco-credentials.
Alila continues to expand in Asia *. The group has a dozen properties and will add this year six new hotels *. Three of these properties will be launched in China, one in India while Jakarta and Cambodia will have each one new Alila property. Earlier this year, Alila opened a new property in Solo (Surakarta) in Central Java. The hotel is located in one of the few towers in the historical city, offering a striking contemporary design created by Indonesian architect Budiman Hendropurnomo enhanced by touches of traditional Javanese arts. The hotel offers 255 rooms.
One of the most spectacular hotel to open for Alila this year will be its property along Cambodia southern coast. Alila Villas Koh Russey will be launched by the end of the year. The five-star eco resort will be the first ‘Villas’ concept resort outside Bali.
Located amid the Koh Rong archipelago, Alila Villas Koh Russey will be a 15-minute boat ride from the Cambodian coast, offering pristine bays, dramatic peninsulas, white-sand beaches and tropical forests. The resort will feature one and two-bedroom villas, each with its own terrace, private pool and garden. For the ultimate in luxury, the resort’s four-bedroom pool villa features a large living area, kitchen, master bedroom, three guest bedrooms and an expansive outdoor terrace and pool area. The resort will have in-house facilities including a beachfront Spa Alila, Kids Club, Beachside Grill, Sunset Bar on the Western Cape and the Ridge Restaurant with five-star international and local cuisine.
By the end of the year, the group is due to open its third property in Jakarta. Alila SCBD Jakarta will be located in the vicinity of Plaza Indonesia, the heart of the commercial and financial town along Jalan Thamrin.
Commune Hotels & Resorts will have 15 new properties in Asia by 2019, with further expansion in ASEAN as two new countries – Malaysia and the Philippines- are joining the group’s portfolio. Confirmed for 2017 is Alila Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur as well as Alila Bintan (Riau archipelago), across Singapore. In 2018, another resort will be added in Kota Kinabalu with Alila Dalit Bay. In 2018, Alila will also move to the Philippines with its first property, Alila Calabuena before opening two more hotels in 2019, Alila Lajala and Alila Coron.