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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Owner plans hotel near Kota Kinabalu

Anthony Wong, owner and managing director of the Frangipani Resort and Spa Langkawi, plans to open a four-star hotel in Sabah in the near future and a third venue in Phuket, Thailand, in the long term.

He is now scouting for suitable land near Kota Kinabalu to open an environmentally-friendly hotel there.

As he plans to execute most of the plans by himself as well as source his own material, Wong expects that the planned 150-room hotel may cost up to RM40 million.

"We are looking for a piece of land, not more than one-and-a-half hours from the Kota Kinabalu airport to build our hotel," Wong told Business Times.

"I have already looked at 40 sites... but we are not happy (with the sites we saw). We do not want to make a mistake when we purchase it," he added.

He is looking for land measuring 4.5ha to 6ha, a third of which will be for an organic garden.

"We want to grow part of the food on site and treat waste water on our own so that it does not go out into the sea and pollute it," he said.

Since the hotel will be built from scratch, it will also incorporate many energy-efficient features.

"We want to be able to use the heat from the air conditioners to be able to run other things. Basically, we want to be energy efficient as energy usually makes up 20 per cent to 25 per cent of operating costs," Wong said.

By Business Times

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