Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has unveiled a new luxury resort with over‐water villas in the western Pacific nation of Palau at a recent ground breaking ceremony.
Wyndham Palau will be the first upscale international resort in the Aimeliik region, which is known for its spectacular natural landscapes, ancient villages and crystal clear seas. The resort is being developed by Sea Sky International Development Group, a subsidiary of Global International Development Group.
Upon completion, the 593‐key resort will feature 132 guestrooms and over 400 villas. The resort also includes a purpose‐built conference centre that comprises a ballroom, which seats up to 140 guests, and four meeting rooms for up to 60. Resort amenities include a VIP lounge, Executive Lounge, two free‐form pools, kid's club and wellness centre.
The resort will be located just 20 minutes' drive from the Palau International Airport and a short boat transfer from Koror, the country's main commercial centre.
"With its tropical climate, rich history and pristine landscapes, Palau is a compelling proposition for international travellers," said Joon Aun OOI, president and managing director, South East Asia and Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
"International visitor arrivals to Palau have jumped 50 percent since 2010, and with direct air links from key source markets such as Seoul and Taipei, the prospects for Palau's tourism industry ‐ including the MICE sector ‐ remain incredibly bright," Ooi added.
Palau comprises more than 200 lush, jungle‐clad islands in the western Pacific Ocean, about 1,500km east of the Philippines. Palau's government has committed to protecting about 500,000 sqkm of ocean ‐ an area about the size of Thailand. This makes it a paradise for divers and snorkellers, with healthy reefs that house an abundance of marine life, including approximately 1,500 species of fish, sharks, rays, turtles and more.