IHG is entering the New Caledonia market with the signing of three hotels that will open between 2021 and 2024.
The new-build InterContinental Lifou Wadra Bay Resort will be a 50-room luxury hotel located on the largest island of the Loyalty Islands. Designed by both local architect, Atelier 13, and renowned interior designer, Chada, the resort is already under construction and will open in November 2021, featuring luxurious rooms, lagoon-front suites, all-day dining, a fine dining restaurant and bar, along with a gym, spa and an outdoor pool.
Hotel Paradis d’Ouvéa will convert to Holiday Inn Resort Ouvéa in November 2021 following a full refurbishment. Located on the beachfront at Mouli Beach on the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ouvéa Island, the 34-room resort will offer all-day dinning, a bar and an outdoor pool.
Holiday Inn Resort Lifou will convert from the current Hotel Drehu Village in 2024, following an extensive refurbishment program. The 30-room beachfront resort is located in the heart of Lifou Island’s town centre of Wé and will offer direct beach access to the Bay of Chateaubriand. Once it rebrands, it will offer all-day dining and bar, as well as an outdoor swimming pool.
Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s vice president of development – Australasia, Japan & Pacific, said it was an exciting time for the hotel company as it makes its foray into New Caledonia.
“The Loyalty Islands currently have no international hotel brand so bringing the world’s largest hotel brand family, Holiday Inn, and the world’s largest luxury hotel brand, InterContinental, to the islands will boost the territory’s global profile and give us a fantastic opportunity to offer IHG guests a unique New Caledonian tourism experience,” he said.
“We are proud to work with the owner of these properties to deliver spectacular and inspiring island hospitality.”