Kota Kinabalu, September 22 – Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. and Pacific Sanctuary Holdings Sdn. Bhd. recently announced the development of the first Hotel Jen in Borneo. The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu.
Opening in 2018, Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will be strategically positioned in PacifiCity, an integrated shopping, entertainment and lifestyle hub located along the coastal highway in scenic Kota Kinabalu, the gateway city to Sabah and wider Borneo.
PacifiCity is set to be Kota Kinabalu’s premier lifestyle hub with a strong emphasis on entertainment and Food & Beverage. Located in picturesque Likas Bay, an area which has been dubbed as the new city center of Kota Kinabalu. The development is opposite Sabah Trade Centre and nearby to the new Sabah International Convention Centre currently under construction. PacifiCity will provide the ultimate convenience, being able to live, work, play, eat and learn in a single location makes for an exciting development.
Located on top of PacifiCity’s lifestyle mall, Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will connect tourists to world class shopping, dining and entertainment, it’s prominent position offers stunning views of the South China Sea, Coastal Wetlands and majestic Mount Kinabalu. Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will comprise of twin iconic towers, boasting 440 rooms with a range of standard rooms, deluxe rooms and suites offering everything that the business and leisure guest requires. Drawing its design inspiration from the surrounding environment and local culture, consistent with Hotel Jen’s style philosophy. The Hotel will also boast resort standard recreation and fitness facilities that are shared with the PacifiCity Club.
Fresh, friendly and fuss-free. That’s the genre of Hotel Jen, the new brand launched a year ago to cater to a new ‘Jeneration’ of independently minded business and leisure travelers. Launching quickly with the first ten Hotel Jen properties opening in major cities in Asia Pacific in under one year, the announcement marks a significant milestone in the growth of the brand that has been recognised as by travel trade as the brand that has revolutionised the hotel industry.
Mr. Greg Dogan, president and CEO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, said: “The announcement of Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu is extremely important for our organisation. We are excited to expand Hotel Jen’s footprint in Asia Pacific, Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will join ten hotels in key locations of Asia Pacific. We’ve built a strong presence in Kota Kinabalu and throughout Malaysia and are delighted the newest brand in our portfolio reinforces our commitment to Sabah, Borneo and beyond.”
“The Hotel Jen experience delivers what matters most to guests. They appreciate important things done well; demand quality, comfort and value, together with honest, authentic service; and want privacy and efficiency without unnecessary fuss or intrusion. In this highly desirable location for business and leisure travelers, Hotel Jen is well positioned to offer guests to Kota Kinabalu more flexibility, as busy non-traditional work hours tend to blend the boundaries between business and leisure,” Dogan added.
Providing everything travelers could ever want and more – Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will be the perfect blend for business travelers and holiday makers. Offering 440 rooms across 2 iconic towers, multiple food and beverage options, including Jen’s Kitchen (all day dining) overlooking the resort style pool. A Club Lounge with privileges including express check-in and check-out, complimentary breakfast, complimentary evening beverages and tasty local snacks, late check-out. Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will provide Kota Kinabalu another destination for meetings, conferences and events. Offering the savvy business traveler a wide range of meeting facilities, including 4 state of the art meeting rooms and a pillarless ballroom capable of seating events up to 400pax.
Mr. KP Kuok, Executive Director of Pacific Sanctuary Holdings Sdn Bhd, said: “The Shangri-la Group was one of the pioneer investors in Sabah’s Tourism industry and has attained a reputation as a highly regarded brand by Sabahan’s and visitors to Sabah alike. Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will be an extension of this, providing another strong brand to meet the new demand from business visitors and international tourists.”
He added, “Tourism has provided Sabahan’s from all walks of life opportunities to find fulfilling employment and to develop professional careers. When counting indirect jobs the industry is one of the biggest employers here. This is a significant reason why we decided to invest in Hotels and Resorts in Sabah. They bring long-lasting employment and benefits to the community.”
In another significant step forward, The PacifiCity Club, an elite club facility serving residents and non-resident members of PacifiCity, will be managed by Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu. This will bring a new level of service and professionalism to the PacifiCity Club, benefiting the existing and future residents of Pacific City Heights. PacifiCity Club will offer a luxurious facility and exclusive club benefits including access to the 75+ meter resort style pool and state of the art recreational facilities, family friendly zones, including children’s pool and play area and private club lounge with bistro, lounge and alfresco café.
“We are excited to work with the Shangri-la Hotel Group to bring Hotel Jen to Kota Kinabalu,” said Mr. Jonathan Wheeler, Managing Director of Pacific Sanctuary Holdings Sdn Bhd, “Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will be the jewel in the crown of PacifiCity, cementing the development as a premium integrated hub, benefiting all stakeholders, tenants and investors.”
In addition to the presence of Hotel Jen, PacifiCity promises something different for visitors and local patrons; “we have focused on retail-tainment and experiential dining. PacifiCity will bring a variety of exciting new cuisines and restaurants to Sabah, our shopping mall will also be the first to offer an IMAX cinema in addition to a number of family friendly entertainment concepts, perfect for tourists and local patrons.”
“Our goal is to blend the spending power of international tourists, whether they be here for business or leisure, with the sustainable business of patrons from the local community” explained Wheeler.