SOL MELIA ANNOUNCES TWO NEW 5-STAR MELIA HOTEL RESORTS IN CAPE VERDE

Published ¤ 26/12/2009

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Melia Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa is currently under construction and will be fully operational in 2011.

Melia Dunas Beach Resort construction commenced with the ground breaking ceremony this month and is planned to open in 2012.

Palma de Majorca, 18 November 09 - Sol Melia has reached an agreement with The Resort Group PLC to manage two new 5-Star Hotel Resorts on the Island of Sal, Cape Verde, under the MELIA brand. Cape Verde is an archipelago of 10 tropical islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 1,000 km south of the Canary Islands and 450 km west of Senegal. With a currency fixed to the Euro, politically very stable, fantastic beaches and year-round sunshine, Cape Verde is fast becoming one of the world's most exciting tourist hot spots.
The two beach-front Resorts are located on the Island of Sal which enjoys beautiful white sandy beaches and an international airport with direct flights from around the world.
Melia Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa and Melia Dunas Beach Resort will provide combined condo-hotel accommodation of around 1,000 units. These will be a mixture of Hotel Suites and also privately owned Villas and Apartments located within the Resorts that will form part of the hotel rental itinerary under a condo-hotel arrangement.
Facilities and amenities for guests will be everything expected and demanded from the 5-Star Melia brand. The guest experience across the two Resorts will be served by some 13 restaurants & eateries, 12 bars, swimming pools, convention and function suites, entertainment, kids club, sports facilities, shops and the impeccable service offered by Melia in all of its hotels.
The Melia Experience also includes state-of-the-art Gymnasiums and luxury Spas on each Resort, that will provide wellbeing and complete relaxation of the body and soul to the clients, under the Sol Melia's luxury Spa brand, Yhi Spa.
Sol Melia has over 50 years experience and is the largest resort hotel company in the world. It is the largest hotel group in Spain, the sixth largest in Europe and number fifteen in the world ranking, currently operating more than 300 hotels in 28 countries and employs 34,000 people worldwide. With regard to this agreement, Sol Melia's CEO and Vice Chairman, Gabriel Escarrer Jaume, firmly believes that "our Melia Brand will add a great deal of value to the whole development, which has potential to become a hotel-destination in itself".
The Resort Group has previously been involved in Andalucia, Spain with Casares del Sol, and also in the ultra-luxurious Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto. They entered the Cape Verde Tourism and Real Estate market in late 2006 and are now fully committed for the long term, and actively looking for further opportunities.
Chairman, Rob Jarrett, says; "The Resort Group is absolutely delighted and very proud to have Sol Melia operate Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa and Dunas Beach Resort. I am particularly thrilled that the Hotels will be the luxurious 5-Star MELIA brand. I genuinely believe that the quality of the Resorts combined with the experience; huge reservation capacity and very high standards of Sol Melia will be a truly winning proposition for everyone concerned, especially the people of Cape Verde itself. I would also like to thank all the Authorities in Cape Verde who have been a pleasure to work with and also the people of Sal who have welcomed us so warmly. I give my assurance and that of everyone at The Resort Group, that we will do everything in our power to deliver Resorts to be proud of, lasting employment and substantial economic benefits."
About Sol Melia

Sol Melia was founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and is the world's leading resort hotel chain, as well as Spain's leading hotel chain in both the business and leisure markets. It currently has more than 300 hotels in 28 countries on 4 continents. The brands operated by the company are Gran Melia, Melia, ME, Innside, Tryp, Sol, Paradisus and Sol Melia Vacation Club.
Sol Melia is the only travel company included in the exclusive "Footse4Good Ibex" Spanish stock market index, and is the third company in Spain to generate the greatest degree of confidence and is ranked within the top three hotel chains as far as Corporate Reputation is concerned. The company currently employs more than 34,000 people worldwide with staff from over 80 different countries. The company fully respects equal rights and balance in its contracting of male and female staff and 10% of its workforce is made up of immigrants.
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