By Rosalynn Poh FD@bizedge.com
KUALA LUMPUR: Sandakan's first boutique hotel, the RM40-million @ease waterfront
hotel – located within the RM450 million Sandakan Harbour Square – will be opened
on Dec 23.
The hotel, which overlooks the Sandakan Harbour, has 138 deluxe rooms and suites,
business centre and banquet facilities and it is targeting corporate clients, businessmen
It would be the first hotel within the Sandakan Harbour Square and fourth hotel
under the three-star category in Sandakan. The project was undertaken by Sara-Timur
Sdn Bhd's subsidiary Sara Timur Properties Sdn Bhd.
Sara-Timur- a Sarawak-based engineering and construction company – was the main
contractor for the first two of four phases of the 12-acre Sandakan Harbour Square.
The hotel will be managed by the Value Hospitality group.
Sara-Timur Properties joint managing director Rosita Hamden said yesterday there
was good potential for tourism in Sabah.
“Sandakan has manyattractions to offer including the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation
Centre, the Kinabatangan river and eco-tourism,” she said at a press briefing here
She said first daily flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan are usually packed with
tourists and businessmen, adding there was a shortage of 6,000 hotel rooms in Kota
“We are expecting 60% occupancy for the first year which is according to the standard
average industry occupancy,” said Value Hospitality's area general manager John
Sara-Timur Sdn Bhd's regional director (Sabah region) Anthony Tiong said the company
was looking for more opportunities and would first focus within Malaysia. Sandakan
Harbour Square is Sabah's first integrated urban renewal development project that
was launched in January 2003 and targeted to complete in 2010.