The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has acquired a new location in Lake Como, Italy, and is developing a property in Muscat, Oman.
CastaDiva Resort & Spa in Lake Como, Italy is now being managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The rebranding of the resort and spa is to be made official in the spring of 2019, with a refurbishment of facilities. This new location will mark the first Mandarin Oriental resort in western Europe and will complement the Mandarin’s other Italian property in Milan.
“We are delighted to be extending the Mandarin Oriental brand to the shores of Lake Como, which has long been a destination of choice for luxury travelers,” says James Riley, group chief executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. “We look forward to bringing the Group’s exemplary service to the resort and to working with our partners to create one of Italy’s most exclusive properties.”
The historic landmark is located on the shores of Lake Como, surrounded by a lush botanic park. The property comprises 76 spacious rooms and suites, including nine villas, reflective of the 19th century. Two of the property’s villas will be available to host completely private retreats. This new location will also include four restaurants and bars, with a lakeside terrace for al fresco dining, and a spa with an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor floating pool on the nearby lake. The lake is surrounded by many hiking trails with scenic views and boating as well as other water activities.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will also be embarking on the development a new location in Muscat, the capital of Oman, expected to open in 2021. This new location will have 150 guest rooms and suites, five restaurants and bars, and Spa at Mandarin Oriental, which includes both an outdoor swimming pool. There will be banquet and meeting spaces that can be prepared for both social and business events.
“Muscat is an entrancing destination with character, charm and an abundance of visitor attractions,” says Riley. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand our brand presence on the Arabian Peninsula with this exciting project in partnership with Eagle Hills.”
The group will also manage the 155 Residences at Mandarin Oriental property, which will include private apartments in the capital ranging in size from 800 to 2800 square feet. The new building will be located on the beach and will incorporate a low-rise design to offer views of the Arabian sea. The developer on the project is Eagle Hills, a private real estate investment and development company based in Abu Dhabi.
“We are proud to be entering the Omani market, with our first project in the country,” says Low Ping, CEO of Eagle Hills. “As we take this step, we are pleased to be working in partnership with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, one of the most prestigious names in hospitality. We are confident that, together, we will set new benchmarks for tourism and residential living in Muscat.”