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AccorHotels continues its Africa expansion

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AccorHotels announced the signing of a hotel management agreement (HMA) with New Mauritius Hotels Limited.

The agreement will see AccorHotels re-launch the existing property under the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brand in May 2017. The hotel will also offer an expansive 6,608 metre, 18-hole golf course created by architect Cabell B Robinson.

Olivier Granet, chief operating officer and managing director, AccorHotels Middle East & Africa said: “Morocco is a strategic market for us and one in which we are witnessing solid momentum. With 37 hotels currently within our portfolio, we look forward to complementing the country’s already robust tourism development plan, and to reinforce our global development objective for Africa overall by doubling our network to reach 200 hotels.”

The property will feature 134 guestrooms including five Presidential suites, one Penthouse suite, and 10 Prince villas, the resort currently also offers 94 private residences consisting of two, three and four-bedroom villas. Subsequent phases of the development will include both Fairmont Royal Palm Residences and Fairmont Royal Palm Estates. Currently under development, the branded residences will be serviced by Fairmont.

The resort currently features four restaurants and lounges including Le Caravane, an international restaurant on the terrace; L’Olivier, serving Mediterranean cuisine; Al Ain, a traditional Moroccan restaurant; and Le Bar. Due to open shortly, The Golf Course Country Club will comprise of a lounge, restaurants, and a health club and swimming pool.

Additional facilities include a swimming pool as well as a spa including a private area reserved for women.

With more than 70 hotels worldwide, Fairmont continues to expand globally with recent openings including Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, Fairmont Chengdu in Western China and Fairmont Fujairah. New luxury hotels scheduled to open later in 2017 include the 317-room Fairmont Amman, the 298-room Fairmont Riyadh and the 1048-room Fairmont Austin in Texas. Other hotels in development include Fairmont Kuala Lumpur, Fairmont Jeddah Hotel & Resort and Fairmont Costa Canuva in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit region.

The brand is also expanding in Morocco with other luxury developments. Fairmont Taghazout Bay will be a 155-room luxury property featuring 52 Fairmont branded villas, while Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé will be a 200-room luxury hotel. Both hotels are currently scheduled to open in 2019.