Khazanah Nasional Bhd unit Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd (DRH) is set to venture into another luxury hotel development here, tying up with Thailand-based Minor Hotel Group.

The two parties inked an agreement last week to set up the first Anantara luxury resort in Malaysia, at a location yet to be decided.

Minor Hotel chairman William Heinecke said in a statement that the Thai firm may open more than one Anantara hotel in Malaysia. “We believe there is a vast potential for growth in the tourism sector in this beautiful country.”

DRH is now undertaking the development of Desaru Coast, the region’s first integrated destination resort located at the south eastern Johor coastline.

The first phase of this multi-billion ringgit project features four premium resorts – Aman Country Club and Aman Villas, Datai Desaru, Sheraton Resort and Plantation Hotel.

DRH also has Teluk Datai, a stunning natural enclave on the beautiful island of Langkawi, home to the award-winning The Datai Langkawi and the first Els Club in Southeast Asia, The Els Club Teluk Datai.

DRH also developed Little Red Cube on the scenic waterfront at Puteri Harbour.

Started in 2001, Anantara luxury resorts are now found in 10 countries across Asia and Africa. It now has 31 in operation, with two more slated for China and one each in Sri Lanka and Thailand.

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